Treatment Overview

The treatments for OCD are effective

There are two recommended treatments for OCD, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and medication. Most people will find that that these treatments are effective for them and help them to get their lives back on track.

Both CBT and medication are available on the NHS. To access help from the NHS, your first step is to visit your GP. In some areas you may also be able to refer yourself to a local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. IAPT service specialise in providing talking therapies such as CBT. You can find your local IAPT service using the NHS Choices website. This website will also give you contact details and let you know if you can self refer or if you need to go via your GP.

If you are starting out on the journey towards getting on top of your OCD then it is important that you know as much as you can about your treatment option and what good treatment looks like. We have a range of information for you to help you get prepared. Please also contact the OCD Helpline team on 0845 3906232. They can talk you through the treatment process, answer any questions you may have and let you know how they can provide ongoing support.

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