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What is the cure for ocd?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: No, but can treat it

It can take years for someone diagnosed w/ ocd 2get appropriate treatment.
So 1st get properly assessed. Then a) educate urself about what ocd is/isn't: &; b) what form(s) ocd takes. (try http://bit.Ly/y0lvsh .) cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) that specifically includes exposure &response prevention (erp) has proven very effective as have certain medications. For some, erp/cbt + meds indicated

In brief: No, but can treat it

It can take years for someone diagnosed w/ ocd 2get appropriate treatment.
So 1st get properly assessed. Then a) educate urself about what ocd is/isn't: &; b) what form(s) ocd takes. (try http://bit.Ly/y0lvsh .) cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) that specifically includes exposure &response prevention (erp) has proven very effective as have certain medications. For some, erp/cbt + meds indicated
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Here's a book

If there is a cure, this book explains it: stop obsessing by edna foa.
It utilizes a type of treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy. Medications may control symptoms which often return once discontinued. Cbt may provide a more long lasting benefit.

In brief: Here's a book

If there is a cure, this book explains it: stop obsessing by edna foa.
It utilizes a type of treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy. Medications may control symptoms which often return once discontinued. Cbt may provide a more long lasting benefit.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: No true cure.

Ocd is a potentially severe illness with symptoms that typically wax and wane over time.
There is no true cure, but certain medications (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (srris)) and cognitive behavioral therapy, especially when done together, can markedly relieve the symptoms in many individuals and both delay and ease the severity and duration of subsequent episodes.

In brief: No true cure.

Ocd is a potentially severe illness with symptoms that typically wax and wane over time.
There is no true cure, but certain medications (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (srris)) and cognitive behavioral therapy, especially when done together, can markedly relieve the symptoms in many individuals and both delay and ease the severity and duration of subsequent episodes.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Psychotherapy

Ocd, like most other mental health issues can respond well to appropriate psychotherapy.
Some medications can help, but to cure the disorder one must know what the underlying issues are. In my practice (not to be confused with truth), OCD symptoms are the result of the individual's trying to control their unacceptable anger.

In brief: Psychotherapy

Ocd, like most other mental health issues can respond well to appropriate psychotherapy.
Some medications can help, but to cure the disorder one must know what the underlying issues are. In my practice (not to be confused with truth), OCD symptoms are the result of the individual's trying to control their unacceptable anger.
Dr. William Drescher
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Dr. Glen Elliott
I agree that many individuals with OCD are struggling to deal with major issues of anger and guilt, often outside their awareness. However, there also is a strong biological component, and research has not shown that identifying the sources of anger and guilt "cure" OCD, or even do much to relieve its symptoms.
Dr. William Drescher
Other than following an infection in pediatric patients I have not seen any substantial research that establishes a biological component. It is apocryphal, but I have cured ocd with psychotherapy (with 10 year follow up).
2 doctors agree

In brief: No cure but effectiv

There is no cure for ocd.
It is a strongly biologically based illness and usually has been present from childhood. Most sucessful people have some obessive compulsive tendencies but when the symptoms cause a problem in your function in everyday life and /or emotional distress is when the diagnosis of OCD is made. There is very effective treatment - certain types of psychotherapy and medication.

In brief: No cure but effectiv

There is no cure for ocd.
It is a strongly biologically based illness and usually has been present from childhood. Most sucessful people have some obessive compulsive tendencies but when the symptoms cause a problem in your function in everyday life and /or emotional distress is when the diagnosis of OCD is made. There is very effective treatment - certain types of psychotherapy and medication.
Dr. Catherine Greene
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Meds and therapy

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.

In brief: Meds and therapy

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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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