OCD treatment is not difficult if you choose the right treatment. Although obsessive-compulsive disorder can be so debilitating for those that suffer from it, OCD can be eliminated permanently rather quickly and easily.
There are several different approaches to treating OCD including medication, psychotherapy, brain surgery, and self-directed treatment.. Which one is right for you? Consider the following facts.
There are several drugs that are routinely prescribed for treatment of the symptoms of OCD. Doctors usually start with anti-depressants including Anafranil, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. It would be great if simply taking a pill (or multiple pills) could make your OCD go away. However, it usually takes 2-6 months of trying different medications in varying dosages before any substantial relief is obtained. The use of medications to treat OCD is not designed to eliminate it, but only to minimize the symptoms and behaviors. Another significant drawback to using drugs as an OCD treatment is the risk of side effects. All prescription drugs have potential side-effects and anti-depressants by their very nature are prone to causing unwanted symptoms.
Psychotherapy for OCD includes individual sessions with a trained therapist, group therapy, and family therapy. One-on-one therapy is usually conducted in the classic “talk therapy” approach. The therapist engages the client in a loosely constructed series of conversations in an attempt to uncover the “hidden” sources of the unwanted behavior. Group therapy and family therapy generally utilize the same model, just with additional clients. Needless to say, therapist-directed therapy tends to be expensive and the course of treatment is lengthy before lasting results are obtained.
Brain surgery is a possibility for less than 2% of people who suffer from severe OCD. It usually involves using radio waves to destroy certain tissues in the brain. This, of course, is the most radical option for treating OCD, the most expensive, and has the most serious potential side effects.
Self-Directed OCD Treatment
The Linden Method is a structured program of OCD elimination which uses techniques formulated over a decade of practice with over 100,000 clients. A fundamental assertion by its founder is that OCD is a habit and not a mental illness. The Linden Method works by reversing the formation of the OCD ‘habit’. This treatment method uses scientifically proven devices to ‘reset’ your thought process level back down to ‘normal’ at its source. This is accomplished by teaching a person how to undermine and eliminate obsession and compulsion at its core by complying with a set of very simple rules.
For the 96% of OCD sufferers who have applied the Linden Method, it has produced permanent results. The treatment promises that once the OCD is reversed and eliminated, it will not come back. Since the Linden Method does not involve any medication, invasive treatment, or expensive and lengthy psychoanalysis, it is considered by many therapists to be the best initial treatment for the majority of OCD sufferers.