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Doctor insights on: Hoarding Disorder Treatment

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How effective is psychoeducation for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Meds and therapy: Psychoeducation certainly cannot hurt, but more is needed. Meds (usually antianxiety medications, but not always) combined with therapy with a clinician who specializes on OCD is the best combination to treat OCD, typically. This is the best treatment approach for OCD, but it does not guarantee a cure for it. ...Read more

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Any treatment for obessive compulsive disorder?

Any treatment for obessive compulsive disorder?

Therapy and Meds: First a comprehensive mental health evaluation is suggested. After confirming the diagnosis of ocd, consider working with a psychologist and a physician "team". For psychotherapy: consider dr. Jeffrey schwartz's four step method outlined in the book "brainlock". Also consider an ssri medication. ...Read more

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How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more

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How effective is psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Yes certain approach: A type of therapy called exposure therapy can be very effective with OCD. In this process the therapist challenges the client to take small steps in exposing themselves to adopting their behavior and disputing their ruminating thoughts and then empowers them to see the results. Small gains in capability accumulate and the client begins to have alternative ways to dispute thinking and make choices. ...Read more

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How effective is group psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is group psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

It's promising: Recent studies indicate Cognitive Therapy or CT in a group format is effective at reducing symptoms of OCD. Earlier studies found two psychological approaches, Exposure+Response Prevention and CT to be effective. Both are structured programs that challenge the behaviors and thoughts of OCD. Ask the therapist about the specific type of treatment they use and whether it has research support. ...Read more

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How effective is aversion therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is aversion therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Not effective: Aversion therapy (positive punishment) is not appropriate for OCD. Exposure+Response Prevention and Cognitive Therapy work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

All at once or: All at once, or one at a time? Those are 3 major disorders and there are many types of each of them. So the answer is yes, and no. It depends on which disorder and how much of a physiological component there is in each illness. You can not cure diabetes, but you can learn to control it. That is true of many psychological disorders as well. ...Read more

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How effective is systematic desensitization for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is systematic desensitization for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Alone, not very: But when used with other techniques such as prolonged exposure, deep muscle relaxation, cognitive rehearsal, thought stopping, can be very helpful in relieving some of the symptoms that bother folks with OCD. Should not be used simply alone. Consult a provider with experience in the evidence based treatment of anxiety disorders such as OCD. ...Read more

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How effective is Fluvoxamine for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is Fluvoxamine for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

It's effective: Studies indicate SSRIs including fluvoxamine (Luvos) sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa) and paroxetine (Paxil) can reduce OCD symptoms by 40-60%. SSRIs may also be used in combination with two empirically validated psychotherapies, Exposure plus Response Prevention and Cognitive Therapy. Ask your doctor for more information about your options. ...Read more

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How effective is Buspirone for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is Buspirone for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Not as effective: as SSRIs such as sertraline (Zoloft) and citrapolam (Celexa) which produce an average of 40-60% reduction in OCD symptoms. Busipirone (Buspar) may have some benefit in managing anxiety but is not the first line pharmaceutical intervention for OCD. ...Read more

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How effective is a support group for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is a support group for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Support groups help: by bringing together people affected by OCD but are not treatment, i.e., interventions directly improving or curing the condition. Effective treatments include specific psychological interventions such as Cognitive Therapy (which can be done in a group led by a therapist). Support groups allow people to share and encourage but don't provide therapy. Ask the sponsors to clarify which it is. ...Read more

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How is oppositional defiant disorder treated?

How is oppositional defiant disorder treated?

Therapy: Individual and family therapy. Individual counseling for your child may help him or her learn to manage anger and express feelings in a healthier way. Family counseling may help improve your communication and relationships, and help members of your family learn how to work together. ...Read more

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Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anti-social personality disorder, what to do?

Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anti-social personality disorder, what to do?

Psychologist: Your need long term psychological counselling, behaviour modifications, group therapy. Please get help from a psycholigist. ...Read more

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Is obsessive christmas disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorder?

No such thing: There is no such thing as obsessive Christmas disorder mentioned in the DSM. That being said, there are people who take the Christmas spirit and go over the top with it, if you will, but this is not officially diagnosable. ...Read more

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How effective is citalopram (Celexa) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is citalopram (Celexa) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

It's effective: Studies indicate SSRIs including fluvoxamine (Luvos) sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa) and paroxetine (Paxil) can reduce OCD symptoms by 40-60%. SSRIs may also be used in combination with two empirically validated psychotherapies, Exposure plus Response Prevention and Cognitive Therapy. Ask your doctor for more information about your options. ...Read more

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Obsessive compulsive disorder resistant to help?

OCD seeking help: Persons with OCD can vary a bit in their willingness to get treatment, and the degree to which they seem to "want" to change. The most resistant sub-group of ocd'ers I have observed has been hoarders, who are often quite unwilling to change or get help, resisting all efforts to "contain" their compulsions. They experience intolerable anxiety when "deprived" of their collection. ...Read more

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How effective is venlafaxine (Effexor) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is venlafaxine (Effexor) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Useful: Studies show SSRI's such as Celexa (citalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline) are effective with 70% of OCD patients. Venlafaxine (a SNRI) has been found to help in some cases of nonresponse to SSRIs. When possible, a combination of medication and effective psychological treatment is desirable. However, pharmacological treatment is often more accessible and is a cost efficient approach. ...Read more

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What are obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) and tourette syndrome?

What are obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) and tourette syndrome?

Somewhat alike: Both were thought to be closely related due to the anxiety and compulsions related to both but we are now rethinking this. Ocd usually more cognitive while tourette more motor but there's overlap. ...Read more

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How effective is fluoxetine (Prozac) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is fluoxetine (Prozac) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Dosed correctly, it has been used for long time, as well as Anafranil & Luvox, (fluvoxamine) for OCD. ...Read more