Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Topic Overview
Treatment includes medicines
and counseling. Using both tends to works best.
medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are most
commonly used. Examples of these medicines include Prozac and Zoloft. You may
begin to feel better in about 1 to 3 weeks after you start taking medicine. But
it can take as long as 12 weeks to see more improvement. If you have concerns
about your medicine, or if you do not start to feel better by 3 weeks, talk to
your doctor. He or she may increase the dose or change to a different medicine.
Counseling for the disorder includes a type of
cognitive-behavioral therapy called exposure and
response prevention. This therapy slowly increases your contact with the thing
that causes worries or false beliefs. With
the help of a counselor, this therapy can reduce your symptoms over
Other cognitive therapy may also help change the false
beliefs that lead to OCD behaviors.
Treatment can make your
symptoms less severe. But you may still have some mild symptoms after you begin