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Medicine for OCD


Obsessive-compulsive disorder, despite not being entirely curable, is a very treatable and very manageable mental disorder. Contrary to what many believe, by making use of the available options and consulting with knowledgeable physicians, OCD, like any other mental disorder, can be handled in surprisingly solid fashion.

Although there are many known treatment options for OCD, the two most well-recognized are medication and psychotherapy.

As per The Food and Drug Administration, approved medicinal options that are used to treat OCD include, but aren’t limited to: Anafranil, Luvox, Prozac, Paxil, Pexeva and Zoloft. That being said, other medications do exist and can be effective, so it is important to consult with a physician if this is the route that a given sufferer decides is best for them.

The other well known method for fighting OCD is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This process, fundamentally, is centered around adjusting the thought processes of sufferers so as to make sure their ideas and emotions aren’t as severely impacted by the rituals and compulsions that can dominate so much of their days. The best-known CBT approach is exposure and response prevention, which features slowly but surely exposing the sufferer to objects that they fear, until they become comfortable with them. There is no specific amount of time for how long this can last, but studies show that this tends to work moreso over the long term than the short term.

Both of these methods come with their own sets of positives and negatives, so which one a given person chooses depends largely on what they hope to get out of the treatment.

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