The treatments for OCD are effective

There are two recommended treatments for OCD – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (with ERP) and anti-obsessional 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, who can prescribe medication and refer you for therapy and other support. In England areas you can refer yourself to a local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for initial therapy. You can find your local IAPT service using the NHS Choices website. This website will also give you contact details and other information about the local services.

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 options and what good treatment looks like. We have a range of information for you to help you get prepared.

You can also contact the OCD Helpline team on 0300 636 5478. They can talk you through the treatment process, answer any questions you may have, and let you know how we can provide ongoing support.

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