Has your OCD Got Out of Hand? Here Are 5 Treatment Options

 5 Treatment Options for OCDIf you are consistently experiencing obsessive thoughts that raise your anxiety levels through the roof and you need to perform a set of behaviors to help cope with your obsessions you are likely to be experiencing OCD.

An obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can ruin and rule your life when you don’t feel that you have control over your emotions and experience higher than normal levels of anxiety.

The fundamental problem with OCD is that the behavior pattern that you develop as a coping strategy actually causes your anxiety to ramp up higher rather than easing those feelings.

If you feel that you suffer from OCD and it has gotten out of hand, the good news is that there are effective treatment options available to help you resolve the issue and find a way to cope.

I’m writing this article because I’m a knowledgeable expert on emotional and mental struggles – with about 2 million books sold globally.

Plus I founded the therapist recommended self-paced online course called The Anxiety Cure.

I love to help people to live calmer, happier lives. So I put together this article with the top key treatment options for OCD.

5 Treatment Options for OCD

Quick reminder: You should seek professional medical guidance in the first instance to confirm your diagnosis. In addition, it can help to know about the treatment options available.

CBT is a proven strategy to try

Once your OCD has been diagnosed the usual course of action to take as a first-line treatment of the condition would be to undergo a program of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

This is a type of talk therapy that is performed by a suitably qualified mental health professional.

The idea behind CBT is to focus on how you respond to your OCD in terms of feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and physical reactions that you experience when anxiety strikes.

Talking through your problems in a structured way can help to alleviate your symptoms.

Deep TMS is a non-invasive way to target mental health problems

An innovative and non-invasive technology that has been FDA approved since 2018 is Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS).

This unique method uses magnetic fields to target the part of your brain that is associated with mental health. It does not require anesthesia and there are no known side-effects.

Medication can work as a therapy

In addition to CBT, psychopharmacology might also be suggested as a first-line treatment for your OCD.

There are a number of FDA-approved selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used to help alleviate the symptoms of OCD. However, it should be noted that there are a number of possible side effects and this treatment method may not be suitable for everyone.

Psychodynamics aims to join the dots

The idea of this treatment is to explore the relationship between other events and significant features of your life and how it is impacting or contributing to your OCD.

Understanding the reasons why you feel anxious and how you respond to that anxiety could help you to change the way you react and reduce your anxiety.

Exposure and Response Therapy (ERT) is another option

This is often suggested as an additional form of therapy and is generally considered to be an effective treatment for OCD.

It works by gradually exposing you to the very stimuli that are associated with the anxieties that induce an episode of OCD. ERP helps you become accustomed to the process of your anxiety-inducing behavior. This can make it easier to reduce anxiety when you develop that level of familiarity.

These treatments offer a pathway to managing and resolving your responses to anxiety. If you can do that, you are well on the way to winning the battle against OCD.

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