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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatments


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a serious mental condition that can worsen if the proper treatment options are not utilized. Although disorder is not completely curable, it can be effectively managed so long as the sufferer has the will and desire to learn and make use of the available treatments that are readily available to the public.

Generally speaking, two treatment options exist for OCD: psychotherapy and medicine. Which option a particular sufferer opts to take depends largely on which side-effects they are willing to live with and what their limitations are.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-known form of therapy for OCD. It essentially makes use of the idea of altering and changing up thought patterns and routines in a way so that compulsions and behaviors will no longer be entirely necessary, or at the very least, as dominant. This therapy can occur in individual, family or group-wide sessions, depending on the preferences of the sufferer.

If someone is not comfortable with the idea of therapy, medicinal options do exist for the purposes of battling OCD. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the following treatment options are legitimate and accepted in the effort to counteract the effects of OCD: Clomipramine (Anafranil), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva) and Sertraline (Zoloft).

Before committing to any one treatment option, it is important that a sufferer and the people advising him or her check out all of the options available. Then, it is advisable to go in for a consultation with a mental health specialist who can explicitly present all of the positives and negatives of a given option, and whether or not it is right for everyone.

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