Treatment

OCD is a serious, yet treatable anxiety disorder that often occurs with depression and other anxiety disorders. If not treated properly, it may become disabling.

Most people who seek treatment experience significant improvement and enjoy an improved quality of life. It is important to work closely with a health care professional to determine the best option.

If you’re concerned about symptoms of OCD, make an appointment with a therapist or your doctor. Then complete the self-test on this site. Your responses will help your therapist or doctor make a proper diagnosis and determine an effective treatment plan.

Getting Help

Be prepared to make the most of each office visit. Follow the tips below to make sure your concerns are addressed and your questions are answered.

  • Write your questions ahead of time and bring them with you.
  • Take notes during the appointment to make sure you understand what you are hearing.
  • Ask for clarification whenever necessary.
  • Ask questions and learn where you can find more information. You have a right to know.
  • Be forthcoming and persistent about issues that concern you. Trust your instincts in your search to find a compatible doctor or therapist.

During Treatment

  • Keep your scheduled appointments.
  • Be honest and open with your doctor or therapist.
  • Do all homework assigned to you as part of the therapy to the best of your ability.
  • Give honest feedback on how the treatment is working.
  • Call between appointments if you have questions about treatment, experience unexpected levels of distress, or have concerns about your safety.

Questions for the Therapist or Doctor


Before Making an Appointment

  • What is your basic approach to treating OCD?
  • How much experience do you have treating OCD?
  • How often are my appointments?
  • How long is treatment likely to last?
  • What is your success rate with OCD?
  • How do you define success?
  • Are you a provider for my insurance?
  • Is payment expected at the time of my treatment?

At the First Session

  • How did you diagnose that I have OCD?
  • What if I also have other anxiety disorders or depression?
  • What causes OCD? Does it run in families?
  • What kind of treatment approach do you think is best for my problem?
  • What is CBT? How well does it work for OCD?
  • What are the side effects of medication?
  • What if the medication doesn’t work?
  • When can I expect to see results?
  • Is a combination of medication and CBT best for me?
  • How long do you expect treatment to last?
  • What if I have a relapse?

Successful treatment often includes a combination of behavior therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or exposure therapy, and medication. Learn more about treating OCD and anxiety disorders.

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