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March 29, 2012 at 11:09 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

4 Ways to Treat OCD

By Matthew More Blogs by This Author

Obsessive compulsive disorder is difficult to treat. This comes mainly from the many different types and symptoms of OCD. However, no matter how difficult the disorder may be, it can be overcome.

The most important part of treatment for OCD comes from separating obsessions and compulsions. This is done through recognizing obsessions and learning to undermine them. Most treatments are designed to do just this.

Here are four different methods for treating OCD. Often, the best cure is a combination of these things, depending on how severe the symptoms are.

Therapy

The most common form of therapy for OCD is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. Through this form of psychoanalysis, patients with OCD are gradually exposed to something they are afraid of or obsessed with. This controlled exposure allows the patient to confront his or her obsessive thought and practice control over the resulting compulsive behavior.

Therapy also comes in several forms. It can be individual or done with a family or a group. Family and group therapy are useful because they don’t isolate the patient, they reduce relationship tension, and they help to support the person suffering from OCD.

Medications

Antidepressants are the most common form of medication for people suffering from OCD. Here are some medications that have been approved by the FDA:

  • Clomipramine
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Fluoxetine
  • Paroxetine
  • Sertraline

In many cases, a patient will have to try multiple medications before finding one that works. When they work, however, they may reduce or eliminate symptoms of OCD while they are taken. In time, a doctor may try to lower the dosage, allowing the patient to control his OCD on his own.

If you are looking for medication to help control OCD, please consult your doctor about using any medication. Certain antidepressants can cause side effects and should not be taken with other medications. Work with your doctor to find a medication that is right for you.

Self Care

If you suffer from OCD, there are several things you can do to try and treat your symptoms.

  1. Observe your obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions. Try refocusing your attention when you have an obsession, taking fifteen minutes to do something you enjoy. Record your obsession, either through writing or recording. This helps you to respond to your obsession more, and when you repeat the process (ie. Writing it down over and over again) you can reduce the power of the obsession. In addition, you can later look back on your obsession, and deal with it from a more removed standpoint.
  2. Take care of yourself. Relaxation and healthy eating, as well as exercise and good sleeping habits help to lower anxiety and calm the brain. These things should be done at the very minimum, even if you decide not to seek other treatment.
  3. Find support. Support can come from your family, close friends, or a support group. Finding support can help you to confront your obsessions and deal with them constructively. It also prevents isolation, and helps you when you struggle.

Other Treatments

For severe cases, more drastic actions can be taken. These treatments include psychiatric hospitalization, deep brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and residential treatment. However, these are far more serious treatments, often unnecessary for overcoming OCD.

Living with OCD is difficult, but it can be helped. There are many different sorts of treatments out there that help people to overcome this disorder. The trick comes in finding what works for you. You can control your obsessions and prevent them from controlling you.

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