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OCD & Related Disorders Educational Lecture Series
Sponsored by the RI Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation

Butler Hospital presents a series of preeminent speakers in the field of OCD and related disorder. Monthly speaking program.

Developed to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders in adults, the OCD Outpatient Clinic offers the specialized care of psychiatrists who provide a range of services. These include comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, second-opinion consultations, evidence-based medication treatment, and referrals to a network of cognitive behavioral therapists.

What medications are used to treat OCD?

Studies show that several medications can help with OCD. Most are classified as antidepressants, although not all antidepressants are effective in treating OCD. Because all medications have their own side effects and risks, you should talk with your doctor before starting any.

How effective are treatments for OCD?

Most studies show that about 70 percent of patients with OCD will benefit from either medication or cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Patients who respond to medication usually show a 40 to 60-percent reduction in OCD symptoms, while those who respond to CBT often report a 60 to 80-percent reduction. However, medications must be taken regularly and patients must actively participate in CBT for the treatments to work. Unfortunately, studies show that at least 25 percent of OCD patients refuse CBT and as many as half of OCD patients discontinue medicines because of the side effects or other reasons.

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT for OCD uses a technique called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) in which a therapist helps the individual identify feared situations and/or thoughts and then gradually confront them (exposure) either directly or by imagining it. The therapists also help the individual learn strategies to resist engaging in their compulsive behaviors (response prevention).

ERP is usually done gradually, one step at a time, at a pace the individual is comfortable with. Over time, by confronting their fears, individuals with OCD notice a reduction in their OCD (less anxiety, less intrusive thoughts, no compulsions). The OCD Clinic provides short-term CBT ( three to 12 months), an intensive outpatient program, and referrals to a network of OCD specialists.

Staff members are always available to talk with you and to provide support and personal assistance.

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