For many patients EX/RP is the add-on treatment of choice when SRIs or SSRIs medication does not effectively treat OCD symptoms.NIMH is supporting research into new treatment approaches for people whose OCD does not respond well to the usual therapies.If you think you have OCD, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
If you are prescribed a medication, be sure you: Other medications have been used to treat OCD, but more research is needed to show the benefit for these options.
For basic information about these medications, you can visit the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Mental Health Medications webpage.
Sometimes people with OCD also have other mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder, a disorder in which someone mistakenly believes that a part of their body is abnormal.
It is important to consider these other disorders when making decisions about treatment.
OCD is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.
Although most patients with OCD respond to treatment, some patients continue to experience symptoms.Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety.Common symptoms include: Some individuals with OCD also have a tic disorder.For the most up-to-date information on medications, side effects, and warnings, visit the FDA website.Psychotherapy can be an effective treatment for adults and children with OCD.The causes of OCD are unknown, but risk factors include: Twin and family studies have shown that people with first-degree relatives (such as a parent, sibling, or child) who have OCD are at a higher risk for developing OCD themselves.