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Treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an undeniably serious mental disorder that impacts millions of people ever year. Some estimates show that as many as 2.2 million Americans have OCD, a number that continues to increase given the inability of the mental health community to find a definitive cure.

While the condition to this point is incurable, it is still very treatable. And while this does not provide much solace to individuals who fear that they may pass their condition along to their offspring, it should at least be comforting to know that the disorder can be managed effectively over the course of a lifetime.

Typically, two treatment options are the most regarded and highly sought after as it relates to OCD. The first such option is psychotherapy, which tends to work a little slower than the alternatives but with a minimal amount of side-effects. The other option, medicine, is known to have a more speedy “fix it” time all the while coming with a myriad of side-effects. Which option a suffer chooses depends entirely on what they’re hoping to get out of their treatment, and what side-effects they are willing to live with.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-known form of therapeutic option for OCD sufferers. It more or less makes use of changing up thought patterns and routines in a specific way so that compulsions and behaviors are no longer 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).

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