Is there any help for obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD)?

There is help for people with OCD. The first step is to go to a doctor or health clinic to talk about symptoms. People who think they have OCD may want to bring this booklet to the doctor, to help them talk about their symptoms. The doctor will do an exam to make sure that another physical problem isn't causing the symptoms. The doctor may make a referral to a mental health specialist.

There are different kinds of treatment for OCD. Doctors may ask people with OCD to seek psychotherapy with a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed social worker. A type of therapy called behavior therapy is especially useful for treating OCD. It teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving and reacting to situations that help them feel less anxious and fearful without having obsessive thoughts or acting compulsively.

Doctors also may prescribe medication to help treat OCD. It's important to know that some of these medicines may take several weeks to start working. The kinds of medicines used to treat OCD are antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines. Some of these medicines are used to treat other problems, such as depression, but also are helpful for OCD. Although these medicines often have mild side effects, they are usually not a problem for most people, especially if the dose starts off low and is increased slowly over time.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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