OCD treatment

OCD Treatment

OCD treatment includes therapy so the patient can confront their anxieties and intrusive thoughts without resorting to compulsions or rituals. Antidepressant medication may be prescribed to balance the chemicals in the brain and reduce distressing symptoms.

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Treatment for OCD

Treatment for OCD includes a variety of treatments provided by a mental health professional. Talking therapy and medication can help children and adults manage obsessive thoughts and increased angst. Medication can specifically treat generalized anxiety and depression symptoms that may coexist. The ultimate objective of therapy is to prepare patients for exposure to the outside world, where they can learn to control their compulsions and accept uncertainty rather than fear it.

Different psychotherapies are effective for OCD such as cognitive therapy to examine how the patient thinks and behaves. Exposure and reaction prevention are frequent components of CBT therapy, which can help break the cycle of compulsive behavior. Patients can also learn to manage their symptoms through techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation training, and hyperventilation management.

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Types of therapies we provide

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Psychodynamic therapy

In psychodynamic therapy, patients discuss their current circumstances, past experiences, and how events may be influencing their present-day thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Together with a therapist, beliefs and actions are analyzed to understand how OCD developed.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Although CBT is a type of talking therapy, it differs from other talking therapies like counseling in that it is much more structured and customized to the patient’s current issues. There is little to no focus on the patient’s past.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT is a behavioral intervention for OCD that is acceptance- and mindfulness-based. It helps patients have a healthier relationship with their inner experiences while strengthening behavior patterns that are consistent with one’s values



The obsessions and compulsions of this disorder can be controlled with the aid of specific drugs. Antidepressants are usually prescribed first, but depending on the severity and nature of the symptoms, psychiatric drugs or antidepressants may be recommended.

Your Local Psychiatrist NYC advantages and experience in offline & online OCD treatment

Our licensed therapists specialize in offering the best treatment for OCD in-person and via our online services. Both approaches are effective for therapies and medication management. Patients can engage with a certified therapist over the phone or in live video sessions. Patients can learn practical strategies for managing obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges in an environment that is most comfortable for them.

  • Board Certified and highly experienced providers
  • Individual approach to patients
  • Easy-to-access online psychiatry and psychotherapy services
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Portal access to your providers and appointments
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OCD treatment methodology

Treatment of OCD can prevent symptoms from controlling your daily life. Some patients may require long-term, continuous, or more extensive treatment depending on how severe their OCD is. 

Psychotherapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication are frequently employed to gradually expose the patient to their fears so they can learn how to manage the impulse to carry out their compulsive rituals. The doctor may include medication to effectively manage anxiety or related symptoms.

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FAQs about treatment
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FAQs about OCD treatment

What can OCD lead to if not treated properly?

If OCD is not treated, it can develop into other serious mental illnesses like depression, panic attacks, and anxiety. To deal with the distress brought on by an untreated mental disease, people also turn to drugs or alcohol.

How long does OCD treatment take to work?

OCD treatment depends on several factors that determine how long treatment lasts. Many patients see clinically meaningful improvements after two months, while others see significant improvements over a longer period of time.

How effective is OCD treatment without medication?

Treatment of OCD uses different methods depending on the patient’s needs. It is possible to see positive results without medication and some patients may need medication to help stabilize symptoms affecting their life.

When is it okay to stop OCD treatment therapy?

For the best outcomes, patients should only stop OCD treatment therapy once they and their therapist feel specific goals are achieved. Relapse prevention may require ongoing maintenance. Medication can be stopped gradually under a doctor’s supervision.

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