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What medications help treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Dr. Wayne K. Goodman, MD
Psychiatrist (Therapist)

Serotonin reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs are the only medications proven effective in treating OCD. In this video, Wayne Goodman, MD, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, that some antidepressants don't work.

Some people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) will take a type of medicine called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, SSRI for short. This is a tablet taken once or twice every day for as long as needed. The medicine can help people feel less anxious. Some people with OCD do cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), some take medication and some do both.

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