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Doctor insights on: Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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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 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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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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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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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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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Tip)

Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Share what bugs you most about other people's habits and hygiene, so you can tackle it together! ...See 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 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