Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver Psychotherapy Clinic
MA
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6R
While stress, anxiety, sadness, health problems, and relationship conflicts are a common part of life, if they're interfering with work, school, family, relationships, or other areas of your life that are important to you, you may benefit from therapy. My clients experience a range of difficulties from anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, depression, substance or impulse control issues, chronic pain or health problems, and high-conflict relationships. The thing they all have in common is they feel like their emotions, behaviours, or past experiences have prevented them from living the fullest, most meaningful life possible.
While stress, anxiety, sadness, health problems, and relationship conflicts are a common part of life, if they're interfering with work, school, family, relationships, or other areas of your life that are important to you, you may benefit from therapy. My clients experience a range of difficulties from anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, depression, substance or impulse control issues, chronic pain or health problems, and high-conflict relationships. The thing they all have in common is they feel like their emotions, behaviours, or past experiences have prevented them from living the fullest, most meaningful life possible.
(867) 988-7391 View (867) 988-7391
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Ryan Salter
Counsellor, RCC, MA
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5N  (Online Only)
These brains of ours don't come with instruction manuals - figuring out how to navigate life is tough enough, but can sometimes seem impossible when we experience mental health difficulties. I specialize in working with people with BPD (attachment trauma), anxiety and OCD, couples, and folks who have complex difficulties and may have received multiple diagnoses. Therapy can be a strange process, I try to make it simple and straightforward. We get to know each other, and figure out if we’re a good fit. We get a clear picture of what the problems are, and what’s going wrong (and what’s going right) in your life.
These brains of ours don't come with instruction manuals - figuring out how to navigate life is tough enough, but can sometimes seem impossible when we experience mental health difficulties. I specialize in working with people with BPD (attachment trauma), anxiety and OCD, couples, and folks who have complex difficulties and may have received multiple diagnoses. Therapy can be a strange process, I try to make it simple and straightforward. We get to know each other, and figure out if we’re a good fit. We get a clear picture of what the problems are, and what’s going wrong (and what’s going right) in your life.
(844) 387-3580 View (844) 387-3580
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Joshua P Paulton
Counsellor, MC, BA, CHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6B
I offer individual therapy for anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues (eg.
Managing stress and mental health issues can be painful, costly, and take away the feeling of being yourself. Clinical counselling is a process for improving yourself and healing your mental health. Working together we can alleviate stress, gain insight, and make lasting changes. I value and honour your experiences and beliefs, and want to help support you in living healthy and true to yourself.
I offer individual therapy for anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues (eg.
Managing stress and mental health issues can be painful, costly, and take away the feeling of being yourself. Clinical counselling is a process for improving yourself and healing your mental health. Working together we can alleviate stress, gain insight, and make lasting changes. I value and honour your experiences and beliefs, and want to help support you in living healthy and true to yourself.
(365) 364-2814 View (365) 364-2814
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Eva Harris
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6J  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a registered psychologist working online with adults across British Columbia. I provide evidence-based treatment for OCD, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to develop meaningful goals, teach practical skills, and provide empathetic support throughout the ups and downs of treatment. My clients say they value my authenticity and warmth, and I admire their bravery and determination to improve their lives.
Hello, I am a registered psychologist working online with adults across British Columbia. I provide evidence-based treatment for OCD, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to develop meaningful goals, teach practical skills, and provide empathetic support throughout the ups and downs of treatment. My clients say they value my authenticity and warmth, and I admire their bravery and determination to improve their lives.
(778) 767-4516 View (778) 767-4516
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Adrienne Wang
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5Z  (Online Only)
We all have the potential to make meaningful changes to lead the lives we desire.  I specialize in helping adults with concerns such as obsessions and/or compulsions, chronic worrying, social anxiety, panic attacks, health anxiety, perfectionism, and body-focused repetitive behaviours (e.g., hair-pulling, skin-picking). I greatly enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life. My therapeutic style is sincere and unassuming. I bring compassion to each session as I work collaboratively with my clients to explore difficult issues.
We all have the potential to make meaningful changes to lead the lives we desire.  I specialize in helping adults with concerns such as obsessions and/or compulsions, chronic worrying, social anxiety, panic attacks, health anxiety, perfectionism, and body-focused repetitive behaviours (e.g., hair-pulling, skin-picking). I greatly enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life. My therapeutic style is sincere and unassuming. I bring compassion to each session as I work collaboratively with my clients to explore difficult issues.
(604) 670-8608 View (604) 670-8608
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Jane Woo
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6J
I specialize in working with adults with difficulties such as social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, health anxiety, and excessive worrying.
Reaching out for help can be uncomfortable and intimidating, but an important step in leading a more fulfilling life. I’m a warm and compassionate registered psychologist (registration number 2216) with over 8 years of clinical experience helping people from diverse backgrounds overcome anxiety and depression. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, and respectful space for clients to explore and work through their challenges.
I specialize in working with adults with difficulties such as social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, health anxiety, and excessive worrying.
Reaching out for help can be uncomfortable and intimidating, but an important step in leading a more fulfilling life. I’m a warm and compassionate registered psychologist (registration number 2216) with over 8 years of clinical experience helping people from diverse backgrounds overcome anxiety and depression. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, and respectful space for clients to explore and work through their challenges.
(236) 900-1004 View (236) 900-1004
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Erik Schindler
Counsellor, MBA, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6Z
Although I see clients facing a wide variety of challenges, I specialize in working with adults, couples, and teens in a few areas: OCD, anxiety, life transitions, finding meaning, depression, and relationship issues.
Change. Do you have the feeling that something has to change… but you’re just not sure what it is? Or you have a good idea what and where you want to be… but just don’t know what changes to make to get there? Are you struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Or are obsessions and compulsions ruling your life? Are your relationships – intimate, family, work – suffering? And are you ready to take that first step… towards change?
Although I see clients facing a wide variety of challenges, I specialize in working with adults, couples, and teens in a few areas: OCD, anxiety, life transitions, finding meaning, depression, and relationship issues.
Change. Do you have the feeling that something has to change… but you’re just not sure what it is? Or you have a good idea what and where you want to be… but just don’t know what changes to make to get there? Are you struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Or are obsessions and compulsions ruling your life? Are your relationships – intimate, family, work – suffering? And are you ready to take that first step… towards change?
(250) 893-7337 View (250) 893-7337
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Mila Loskutova
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6R
I have specific knowledge of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and phobias.
Do you feel like sometimes you’re at the whims of your own mind? Do you struggle with intrusive thoughts, heavy emotions, or feeling overwhelmed and not in control of your life? I work with teens, pre-teens, and adults of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, and life transitions. I am particularly passionate about working with lgbtqia+ folks and helping explore issues of identity and belonging.
I have specific knowledge of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and phobias.
Do you feel like sometimes you’re at the whims of your own mind? Do you struggle with intrusive thoughts, heavy emotions, or feeling overwhelmed and not in control of your life? I work with teens, pre-teens, and adults of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, and life transitions. I am particularly passionate about working with lgbtqia+ folks and helping explore issues of identity and belonging.
(365) 800-2972 View (365) 800-2972
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Mark Weinberg
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5Z
My patients face many challenges, including OCD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. They aim to reclaim control and optimism, equipped with the latest, effective and scientifically-validated strategies. With a PhD from UBC and 20+ years of experience, I aim to provide empathetic, research-informed, practical help.
My patients face many challenges, including OCD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. They aim to reclaim control and optimism, equipped with the latest, effective and scientifically-validated strategies. With a PhD from UBC and 20+ years of experience, I aim to provide empathetic, research-informed, practical help.
(778) 766-3941 View (778) 766-3941
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Dr. Jan van der Tempel
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6J
I specialize in psychological assessment and treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). If you are experiencing intrusive thoughts about contamination, accidents or violence, sex, identity, religion, relationships, ‘just right’ feelings, or other themes, along with excessive checking, reviewing, avoiding, reassurance-seeking, or other behaviours, I'm here to help. I also provide treatment for a range of anxiety concerns, including perfectionism, health anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and social anxiety. My approach is grounded in CBT, ACT, and compassion-focused therapy.
I specialize in psychological assessment and treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). If you are experiencing intrusive thoughts about contamination, accidents or violence, sex, identity, religion, relationships, ‘just right’ feelings, or other themes, along with excessive checking, reviewing, avoiding, reassurance-seeking, or other behaviours, I'm here to help. I also provide treatment for a range of anxiety concerns, including perfectionism, health anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and social anxiety. My approach is grounded in CBT, ACT, and compassion-focused therapy.
(226) 455-6978 View (226) 455-6978
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Debbie Leung
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5R
I am a Registered Psychologist and director of Wise Mind Centre, a Vancouver-based service that provides primarily cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to adolescents and adult clients and their loved ones. I work with clients who struggle with a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, OCD, stress, depression, substance use, life transitions, parenting difficulties, self-harm behavior, suicidal ideations, PTSD, interpersonal difficulties, emotion regulation difficulties, and borderline personality disorder. My service could be offered in both English and Chinese.
I am a Registered Psychologist and director of Wise Mind Centre, a Vancouver-based service that provides primarily cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to adolescents and adult clients and their loved ones. I work with clients who struggle with a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, OCD, stress, depression, substance use, life transitions, parenting difficulties, self-harm behavior, suicidal ideations, PTSD, interpersonal difficulties, emotion regulation difficulties, and borderline personality disorder. My service could be offered in both English and Chinese.
(877) 594-7727 View (877) 594-7727
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Michael Garfinkel - Anxiety And Ocd Relief
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6G
We can incorporate EMDR for trauma, ERP for anxiety & OCD, and mindfulness skills to help you cultivate greater peace.
Welcome, I'm Michael. I'm a Registered Social Worker and Therapist, with over a decade of experience in the field of mental health. If you are experiencing anxiety, trauma, or OCD, I can support you in finding relief. I grew up in Vancouver, where I struggled with anxiety and depression throughout adolescence and early adulthood. Driven to seek solutions, I spent years studying meditation and plant medicine in Japan and Peru. Through those experiences, I learned that there is not one miracle cure, but an array of skills and practices we can harness to cultivate our health and wellbeing.
We can incorporate EMDR for trauma, ERP for anxiety & OCD, and mindfulness skills to help you cultivate greater peace.
Welcome, I'm Michael. I'm a Registered Social Worker and Therapist, with over a decade of experience in the field of mental health. If you are experiencing anxiety, trauma, or OCD, I can support you in finding relief. I grew up in Vancouver, where I struggled with anxiety and depression throughout adolescence and early adulthood. Driven to seek solutions, I spent years studying meditation and plant medicine in Japan and Peru. Through those experiences, I learned that there is not one miracle cure, but an array of skills and practices we can harness to cultivate our health and wellbeing.
(778) 784-5187 View (778) 784-5187
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Michelle Deshaw Counselling & Consulting
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5T
Welcome. I have over 25 years experience working with children, teens, and adults dealing with generalized and social anxiety, mood, ocd, perfectionism, self-doubt, body image, sport psychology, relationship and parenting challenges, workplace conflict. My approach is focused on creating a warm, safe space for clients to be able to share and process their feelings. Working from an attachment lens, I use a combination of insight psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and self-compassion techniques to help clients change unhelpful beliefs, thoughts, and feelings into new positive ways of being.
Welcome. I have over 25 years experience working with children, teens, and adults dealing with generalized and social anxiety, mood, ocd, perfectionism, self-doubt, body image, sport psychology, relationship and parenting challenges, workplace conflict. My approach is focused on creating a warm, safe space for clients to be able to share and process their feelings. Working from an attachment lens, I use a combination of insight psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and self-compassion techniques to help clients change unhelpful beliefs, thoughts, and feelings into new positive ways of being.
(236) 705-5083 View (236) 705-5083
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Jordana Glotman
Counsellor, BA&Sc, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5Z
When working with OCD, I use Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), the gold standard treatment.
Welcome! My name is Jordana. I am here to help you navigate the challenges that prompted you to seek counseling. I am passionate about working with adult clients with Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Burnout, Life Transitions, and Grief. I also work with High Performance Individuals, including athletes and performing artists.
When working with OCD, I use Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), the gold standard treatment.
Welcome! My name is Jordana. I am here to help you navigate the challenges that prompted you to seek counseling. I am passionate about working with adult clients with Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Burnout, Life Transitions, and Grief. I also work with High Performance Individuals, including athletes and performing artists.
(289) 216-5851 View (289) 216-5851
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Sam Rumak
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6B  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues? I am here to help you. I primarily offer therapy via videoconference or telephone to adults living in British Columbia. I have experience and enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and those with complex presentations. I am skilled at helping individuals manage depression, bipolar, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive, compulsive disorder, skin picking or hair pulling, psychosis, work stress and anxiety related to life changes.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues? I am here to help you. I primarily offer therapy via videoconference or telephone to adults living in British Columbia. I have experience and enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and those with complex presentations. I am skilled at helping individuals manage depression, bipolar, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive, compulsive disorder, skin picking or hair pulling, psychosis, work stress and anxiety related to life changes.
(236) 349-1076 View (236) 349-1076
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Mark M Antczak
Counsellor, RCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6J
My training leads me to specialize in the treatment of different presentations of anxiety, primarily in OCD as well as Generalized Anxiety, Health or Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Specific Phobias.
Do you feel like your thoughts have taken control of your life and you're left feeling overwhelmed without any breaks? My goal as your counsellor is to provide evidence based treatment to support you in meeting your goals so you're able to live the life you aspire to. I work with you to create meaningful and lasting change using a warm, collaborative, and client centered approach to ensure that treatment is tailored to your unique needs. I primarily utilize CBT in my counselling style, but will also pull from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention and Mindfulness.
My training leads me to specialize in the treatment of different presentations of anxiety, primarily in OCD as well as Generalized Anxiety, Health or Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Specific Phobias.
Do you feel like your thoughts have taken control of your life and you're left feeling overwhelmed without any breaks? My goal as your counsellor is to provide evidence based treatment to support you in meeting your goals so you're able to live the life you aspire to. I work with you to create meaningful and lasting change using a warm, collaborative, and client centered approach to ensure that treatment is tailored to your unique needs. I primarily utilize CBT in my counselling style, but will also pull from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention and Mindfulness.
(672) 761-0125 View (672) 761-0125
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Justin Tillyer
Pre-Licensed Professional, Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6H
Having been a client myself, I know that counselling can be enormously transformative and rewarding. At the same time, I also understand that it can require incredible courage, which is why I consider it an honour and a privilege to hold space for those with whom I work. My approach emphasizes nonjudgment, empathy, and respect for all clients, as well as their sense of safety and genuine connection in the room. Many of these folks are seeking support as they navigate issues related to relationships, interpersonal conflict, masculinity, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Having been a client myself, I know that counselling can be enormously transformative and rewarding. At the same time, I also understand that it can require incredible courage, which is why I consider it an honour and a privilege to hold space for those with whom I work. My approach emphasizes nonjudgment, empathy, and respect for all clients, as well as their sense of safety and genuine connection in the room. Many of these folks are seeking support as they navigate issues related to relationships, interpersonal conflict, masculinity, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
(782) 492-0164 View (782) 492-0164
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Dr. Marlene Taube-Schiff & FTPS
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5K  (Online Only)
At Forward Thinking Psychological Services (FTPS), we provide you with warmth, compassion and the tools you need to move ahead in your life and achieve your goals. I am a registered clinical psychologist with great experience in the delivery of scientifically-supported treatments for obsessive compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues and trauma. I have worked with individuals in both outpatient and inpatient hospital settings. My team is excited to work with you and help you move forward towards the life you want. We provide online therapy in Ontario, BC, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
At Forward Thinking Psychological Services (FTPS), we provide you with warmth, compassion and the tools you need to move ahead in your life and achieve your goals. I am a registered clinical psychologist with great experience in the delivery of scientifically-supported treatments for obsessive compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues and trauma. I have worked with individuals in both outpatient and inpatient hospital settings. My team is excited to work with you and help you move forward towards the life you want. We provide online therapy in Ontario, BC, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
(647) 699-6185 View (647) 699-6185
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Jace Park
Counsellor, RPC, Coach, MA
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6J
As a counsellor, coach, and psychologist, I have worked for lots of clients suffering from psychological problems with substance abuse, adolescent depressive symptoms, aggression, ADHD, and online game addiction, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, burnout syndrome, eating disorder, and social phobia.
Let's make a beautiful world together! The real meaning of my own being does not exist without you. My existence is relying on you and my beautiful tomorrow is related to making relationships with you. I would like to support you emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally. You are the reason for my being. I would like to make a wonderful world with you.
As a counsellor, coach, and psychologist, I have worked for lots of clients suffering from psychological problems with substance abuse, adolescent depressive symptoms, aggression, ADHD, and online game addiction, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, burnout syndrome, eating disorder, and social phobia.
Let's make a beautiful world together! The real meaning of my own being does not exist without you. My existence is relying on you and my beautiful tomorrow is related to making relationships with you. I would like to support you emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally. You are the reason for my being. I would like to make a wonderful world with you.
(587) 851-5689 View (587) 851-5689
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New Heights OCD
MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5Z
OCD is an insidious disorder that it often attaches itself to those things that are most valued by an individual.
At New Heights, we specialize in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We are proud to say that we are Vancouver's only such Clinic. OCD is often recognized and treated as any other anxiety disorder resulting in treatment that is non-effective, and, at times, counter productive. Although OCD is an anxiety-based disorder, the treatment protocols are unique and highly specialized. It is our belief that OCD warrants its own specialty, and we are committed to providing evidence based therapy that reflects current research and best practice. We acknowledge the degree to which this condition is under-serviced and under-recognized amongst mental health professionals and the public mental health system.
OCD is an insidious disorder that it often attaches itself to those things that are most valued by an individual.
At New Heights, we specialize in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We are proud to say that we are Vancouver's only such Clinic. OCD is often recognized and treated as any other anxiety disorder resulting in treatment that is non-effective, and, at times, counter productive. Although OCD is an anxiety-based disorder, the treatment protocols are unique and highly specialized. It is our belief that OCD warrants its own specialty, and we are committed to providing evidence based therapy that reflects current research and best practice. We acknowledge the degree to which this condition is under-serviced and under-recognized amongst mental health professionals and the public mental health system.
(604) 229-2456 View (604) 229-2456

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Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counsellors

How long does OCD treatment take?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often treated on a weekly or twice-weekly schedule, depending on symptom severity and the client’s preferences. Some clients may start to see a noticeable improvement in symptoms in as little as six weeks, but it’s also possible, especially in more severe cases, for treatment to take several months to a year before significant progress is made.

What happens if OCD is not treated?

Some people with OCD, especially those with mild symptoms, may find that they are able to adapt reasonably well to life with the condition, even if their symptoms never resolve completely. However, many people, particularly those whose symptoms are severe at the outset, find that their obsessions and compulsions grow more intrusive with time, making it harder to maintain relationships, hold down a job, or navigate the world successfully.

Are there medications for OCD?

Medication can be used to treat OCD. The class of drugs most often prescribed are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, and sertraline, among others. In cases of treatment-resistant OCD, other classes of medication, such as tricyclic antidepressants or atypical antipsychotics, may be prescribed. Medication is frequently used in conjunction with therapy.

Can OCD come back after treatment?

Yes. Major life transitions, periods of stress, or other factors can cause symptoms to return or, if they were never fully eradicated, to ramp back up in intensity. For some, these relapses are brief and do not require additional treatment; identifying specific triggers and practicing the skills learned in therapy can help speed their course. For others, returning to therapy for a brief period can help address the underlying stress and strengthen coping mechanisms.