Mental health professionals combine medications and behavioral therapy (a specific type of psychotherapy) when treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). A type of behavioral therapy known as "exposure and response prevention" is very useful for treating OCD. In this approach, a person is deliberately and voluntarily exposed to whatever triggers the obsessive thoughts and then is taught techniques to avoid performing the compulsive rituals and to deal with the anxiety
OCD is sometimes accompanied by depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or other anxiety disorders. When a person also has other disorders, OCD is often more difficult to diagnose and treat. Symptoms of OCD can also coexist and may even be part of a spectrum of neurological disorders, such as Tourette's syndrome. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment of other disorders are important to successful treatment of OCD.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OCD SERVICES AT LAUREATE PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC AND HOSPITAL
Please call the Outpatient Clinic with questions, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 918-491-3700. Laureate Hospital is available 24 hours/7 days for all emergencies at 918-481-4000.