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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment

(Also Known As: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment, Compulsion Treatment, Obsession Treatment, OCD Treatment)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Treatments Available for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Long ago, there was no available treatment for individuals suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The patient had to endure the pain and distress brought about by their symptoms throughout their lives. Recently, however, there is a plethora of treatment options available to an individual suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The important thing is to find the suitable therapeutic method for the patient so that treatment can get underway as soon as possible. The earlier treatment is administered, the less prone the individual is to developing complications of OCD 9.

Medications. Medical treatment is designed to reduce the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is even more effective when combined with other forms of therapies to reduce the symptoms.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Using this chemical in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder enhances the patient’s mood and reduces anxiety by increasing the serotonin level in the brain. Since it has few complications, SSRIs is safe for long-term treatment of OCD.

Tranquilizers. This form of treatment is recommended for people who are suffering from severe symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The function of tranquilizers is to relax the muscles in the body, reducing compulsions. It has the tendency to become habit forming so it is recommended to be used for a short period of time only.

Psychosurgery. This form of treatment is used only in severe cases when the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder are already debilitating and the patient is not responding to other treatment approaches. Psychosurgery has taken the place of lobotomy, because a lobotomy causes unexpected brain damage and loss of memory on the part of the patient. In psychosurgery, an electrode will be used to sever or disable certain parts of the brain.

Psychotherapy. This is the first-line treatment approach for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly children. It can be conducted one-on-one with a qualified specialist or within a group atmosphere. The most effective psychotherapeutic approach for obsessive-compulsive disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy.

Inositol. This substance has been proven to be as effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder as SSRIs. The advantage of inositol is that it has no side effects. Inositol is a naturally forming isomer of glucose. It is a part of the vitamin B family and is found in phytic acid.

Other Treatment Methods. The only alternative method for treating mild obsessive-compulsive disorder is St. John’s Wort. Likewise, meditation, exercise, and other natural methods of relieving stress can reduce the patient’s anxiety. However, if the patient prefers St. John’s Wort, they should first discuss it with their doctor, because herbal medicine can be as deadly as prescribed medications and may interfere with other drugs the patient may be taking.

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