What Is the Success Rate in Treating OCD?

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The success rate in treating OCD is generally very good. Particularly if the patient has not had symptoms very long or it's not extremely severe that we're talking about more than 50% of patients enjoy a significant reduction in their symptoms. That said, in contrast to even depression or some of the other anxiety disorders, it's rare to say that we've cured somebody with OCD.

I think the times when we've felt we've cured is the child that's come to us early in the illness, and we feel we've pretty much eradicated the symptoms. But generally speaking, if it's an adult, we can help them control most of their symptoms. They can lead a normal life, but we do warn people that there is always kind of OCD lurking in the background and they have to ready to fight it.