OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by irrational, uncontrollable fears and worries. Over time, people who have the condition usually develop compensatory habits which make them feel less anxious. These habits, called “compulsions,” can include excessive hand-washing, an aversion to and avoidance of certain numbers, and other activities that may be disruptive or inconvenient for the affected person. They can also cause disruption and discomfort for others.
After being diagnosed, many people who struggle with OCD are advised by mental health specialists to try medications. While some can be very effective for treating the condition, other drugs can have highly unpleasant side effects. This can lead people to stop taking their medication and result in a return of anxious symptoms.
A new study is showing that rather than combining two kinds of drugs to treat OCD, it may be more effective to combine one medication with therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), in addition to one prescribed medication, was shown to be a better way to treat people with OCD. CBT allows for a new, more positive and healthy perspective to develop; this creates a reduction in anxiety and a greater sense of control.
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