Getting Help for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
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Do You Have Mild OCD?
If you have just discovered that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the first thing to do is to learn more about the disorder. Mild OCD means that the disorder is greatly bothering you, but you are still able to work and maintain relationships with others. If your OCD is mild, you may be able to treat yourself successfully with self-help techniques. Click on the links below for our recommendations for the best books for OCD.
Do You Have Moderate OCD?
Is your OCD interfering with your ability to go to work or school, or is your OCD interfering with your relationships? Although reading about the disorder is a good place to start, it may not be enough for you. You might consider professional help to relieve the symptoms of your OCD. The most effective treatment for OCD is a combination of medicine and and cognitive-behavioral therapy, although many people do well with just one or the other. Also, the herbal drug St. John's Wort has been shown to be an effective alternative treatment.
Not all therapists are trained to effectively treat OCD. For a referral for a therapist who has expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy, use the online referral service provided by the Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.
Do You Have Severely Disabling OCD?
Severely disabling OCD means that your obsessions and compulsions keep you from being able to work, attend school, or have normal relationships with others. You may have already tried one or more medications and/or outpatient therapy with little success. You may have what is termed Treatment Resistant OCD.
The best option for you may be an intensive treatment program at a facility that specializes in the treatment of people with OCD. Visit the BrainPhysics Resources page for a list of clinics specializing in OCD and inpatient treatment centers. Some centers will provide treatment at no charge in exchange for participation in a research program.
There are many resources for people with OCD, including online communities, like the NeuroticPlanet Discussion Forum and non-profit organizations, like the OC Foundation. Support groups for people with the disorder and their families can also be found in many areas.
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