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Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


While no known cures currently exist for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), there are plenty of effective treatment options available for any and all sufferers. Which option a given person opts to go for depends largely on whether they are willing to deal with the potential negative side-effects that really are a risk among all prescription drugs, or whether they are willing to live with the more long-term nature of the therapeutic options that are available.

Usually, when talk turns to OCD treatments, two specific methodologies are being considered.

The first is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which relies heavily on the idea of talk therapy. Essentially, it aims to initially deconstruct the OCD-encompassed mindset, then reshape it to live in spite of the accompanying obsessions, and then, finally, allow the sufferer to embark on normal day-to-day activities all the while ignoring pesky obsessions and subsequent compulsions that would have previously taken control. This form of therapy comes in individual or group settings, and tends to take a longer time to take effect than the alternatives.

On the other side, for people looking to deal with their OCD problems quickly and efficiently, there is the medicinal route. As is the case with all drugs, side-effects are warned about beforehand, and by taking the drugs a given sufferer is opening themselves up to any and all ramifications that may arise as a result of their wishing to deal with the disorder in a more hasty manner. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the following treatment options are appropriate in the battle against OCD: Clomipramine (Anafranil), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva) and Sertraline (Zoloft).

Whichever option you opt to go with, as always, it’s advisable to consult with a mental health physical who can forewarn of any negatives or drawbacks of a selected treatment route.

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