Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Psychiatrists in Chicago, IL

Photo of Bess Levin, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Bess Levin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
I'm trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and OCD.
I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and meeting them wherever they are on the path towards bettering their mental health, whether they are seeking treatment for the first time or looking to explore new options when other treatments have failed. I believe that each patient is unique and deserves an individualized, evidence-based and collaborative approach to their treatment plan.
I'm trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and OCD.
I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and meeting them wherever they are on the path towards bettering their mental health, whether they are seeking treatment for the first time or looking to explore new options when other treatments have failed. I believe that each patient is unique and deserves an individualized, evidence-based and collaborative approach to their treatment plan.
(773) 897-5729 View (773) 897-5729
Photo of Matthew Brown, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Matthew Brown
Psychiatrist, DO, MBA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60618  (Online Only)
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
(872) 266-7958 View (872) 266-7958
Photo of Samantha O'Brien, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Chicago, IL
Samantha O'Brien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
I see all ages and address mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience providing mental health services to patients across the lifespan in outpatient treatment settings.
I see all ages and address mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience providing mental health services to patients across the lifespan in outpatient treatment settings.
(312) 872-8786 View (312) 872-8786
Photo of Daisy Nie, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Daisy Nie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
Nie has expertise in depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis.
Dr. Daisy Nie practices at The Juniper Center, PC utilizing a person-centered, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to caring for her patients. She believes in the thoughtful use of medication as one component in an integrated personalized treatment plan that may include individual therapy, group therapy, nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. She actively collaborates with a person’s other care providers, including therapists, primary care doctors, and specialists, and with a person’s support network to coordinate a unified plan for care. She prioritizes psycho-education, believing that it is important for people to understand.
Nie has expertise in depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis.
Dr. Daisy Nie practices at The Juniper Center, PC utilizing a person-centered, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to caring for her patients. She believes in the thoughtful use of medication as one component in an integrated personalized treatment plan that may include individual therapy, group therapy, nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. She actively collaborates with a person’s other care providers, including therapists, primary care doctors, and specialists, and with a person’s support network to coordinate a unified plan for care. She prioritizes psycho-education, believing that it is important for people to understand.
(312) 313-0671 x3 View (312) 313-0671 x3
Photo of Rachel Brown, Physician Assistant in Chicago, IL
Rachel Brown
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
I see young adults, adults, and seniors and address depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, and ADHD, with a particular interest in working with LGBTQ+ individuals.
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing psychiatry services for eight years in outpatient treatment settings.
I see young adults, adults, and seniors and address depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, and ADHD, with a particular interest in working with LGBTQ+ individuals.
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing psychiatry services for eight years in outpatient treatment settings.
(312) 900-8753 View (312) 900-8753
Photo of Dr. Richard K. Kim, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Dr. Richard K. Kim
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
Kim include insight into life meaning & purpose, improvement of coping skills & self-esteem, healthier relationships, career satisfaction, spirituality & faith, OCD, panic attacks, postpartum depression & bipolar disorder.
Dr. Kim is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who provides compassionate, personal care through counseling and medication management. He received his BA with Honors in the Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago, his MD from the University of Illinois, and his psychiatry residency at the Loyola University Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Kim has expertise in both psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Dr. Kim is offers online appointments.
Kim include insight into life meaning & purpose, improvement of coping skills & self-esteem, healthier relationships, career satisfaction, spirituality & faith, OCD, panic attacks, postpartum depression & bipolar disorder.
Dr. Kim is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who provides compassionate, personal care through counseling and medication management. He received his BA with Honors in the Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago, his MD from the University of Illinois, and his psychiatry residency at the Loyola University Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Kim has expertise in both psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Dr. Kim is offers online appointments.
(703) 940-9921 View (703) 940-9921
Photo of Amelia Mari Merz, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Amelia Mari Merz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Merz has expertise in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and substance use disorders in adults including LGBTQ individuals and women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Dr. Amelia Merz strives to provide compassionate, patient-focused care in a collaborative process with you & your therapist to achieve recovery from mental health problems and substance abuse. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is certified by Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mental Health. She uses an evidence-based approach in her practice. She trained at the University of Minnesota where she completed both medical school and residency. Dr. Merz has practiced in many settings including outpatient clinics, residential treatment centers and inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
Merz has expertise in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and substance use disorders in adults including LGBTQ individuals and women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Dr. Amelia Merz strives to provide compassionate, patient-focused care in a collaborative process with you & your therapist to achieve recovery from mental health problems and substance abuse. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is certified by Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mental Health. She uses an evidence-based approach in her practice. She trained at the University of Minnesota where she completed both medical school and residency. Dr. Merz has practiced in many settings including outpatient clinics, residential treatment centers and inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
(708) 304-9936 View (708) 304-9936
Photo of Abdullah Bin Mahfodh, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Abdullah Bin Mahfodh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60608
Mahfodh specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mahfodh is a dedicated psychiatrist with dual board certification in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. His comprehensive expertise spans individuals of all ages, making him a trusted resource for those seeking holistic mental health care.
Mahfodh specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mahfodh is a dedicated psychiatrist with dual board certification in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. His comprehensive expertise spans individuals of all ages, making him a trusted resource for those seeking holistic mental health care.
(708) 350-6820 View (708) 350-6820
Photo of Sahar Eftekhar, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Sahar Eftekhar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
Guided by the principles of evidence-based medicine, I treat a broad range of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, and adult ADHD.
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
Guided by the principles of evidence-based medicine, I treat a broad range of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, and adult ADHD.
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
(312) 663-8104 View (312) 663-8104
Photo of Anna Hereth, Physician Assistant in Chicago, IL
Anna Hereth
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
At Relief, we also provide transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, OCD and more.
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
At Relief, we also provide transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, OCD and more.
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
(872) 259-5324 View (872) 259-5324
Photo of Doug Nyenke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Chicago, IL
Doug Nyenke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, MSN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60612
I specialize in treating children's and adults' anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, DMDD, and other mood and personality disorders.
I’m a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a robust foundation in nursing, spanning over sixteen years across critical care and telemetry care units. My specialization includes treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders, with a commitment to medication management and supportive therapy. I’m also an Army veteran with eleven-plus years of leadership experience. My combined nursing and military experiences have broadened my skill set, teaching me to be creative, personable, and hardworking. I greatly value a team-based approach to patient care.
I specialize in treating children's and adults' anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, DMDD, and other mood and personality disorders.
I’m a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a robust foundation in nursing, spanning over sixteen years across critical care and telemetry care units. My specialization includes treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders, with a commitment to medication management and supportive therapy. I’m also an Army veteran with eleven-plus years of leadership experience. My combined nursing and military experiences have broadened my skill set, teaching me to be creative, personable, and hardworking. I greatly value a team-based approach to patient care.
View
Photo of Shoaib Memon, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Shoaib Memon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
My clinical specialties include working with adults, families and couples experiencing Anxiety, Depression, ADHD / ADD, Stress, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Self Esteem, Life Transition, Loss & Grief, Relationship Issues, Anger and Trauma & PTSD.
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
My clinical specialties include working with adults, families and couples experiencing Anxiety, Depression, ADHD / ADD, Stress, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Self Esteem, Life Transition, Loss & Grief, Relationship Issues, Anger and Trauma & PTSD.
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
(312) 800-1521 View (312) 800-1521
Photo of Brett Stephan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Chicago, IL
Brett Stephan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60607
I provide medication management and therapy for many conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions. When we meet for our first video session, we'll discuss your symptoms and treatment goals and we'll carefully select medications that fit your unique needs. I am based in Chicago, and I see clients in IL, WA, OR, AZ, NM, MT, AK, ND, and DE, all via telehealth. I am accepting new clients, and I treat both adults and adolescents. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you.
I provide medication management and therapy for many conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions. When we meet for our first video session, we'll discuss your symptoms and treatment goals and we'll carefully select medications that fit your unique needs. I am based in Chicago, and I see clients in IL, WA, OR, AZ, NM, MT, AK, ND, and DE, all via telehealth. I am accepting new clients, and I treat both adults and adolescents. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you.
(773) 831-4366 View (773) 831-4366
Photo of Justin Lam, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Justin Lam
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
Primary Areas of Focus: Medication management, depression, anxiety, OCD, BPD, ADHD, stage of life stressors, transitional age psychiatry, interpersonal relationships, CBT, supportive, and brief psychotherapy.
Philosophy of Practice: Our time together will always be collaborative in nature. Any treatment plan you decide upon will be individualized to reflect your specific needs. For some patients this means I am working with you as we develop the knowledge and skills needed for you to achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. For others, my role in your care will simply be to answer any questions you might have and to continue clarifying the steps between where you stand now and where you imagine yourself being.
Primary Areas of Focus: Medication management, depression, anxiety, OCD, BPD, ADHD, stage of life stressors, transitional age psychiatry, interpersonal relationships, CBT, supportive, and brief psychotherapy.
Philosophy of Practice: Our time together will always be collaborative in nature. Any treatment plan you decide upon will be individualized to reflect your specific needs. For some patients this means I am working with you as we develop the knowledge and skills needed for you to achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. For others, my role in your care will simply be to answer any questions you might have and to continue clarifying the steps between where you stand now and where you imagine yourself being.
(815) 368-4214 View (815) 368-4214
Photo of Olukemi Ajayi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Chicago, IL
Olukemi Ajayi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
My areas of interest include helping people with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and Insomnia.
I have a Master of Science in Nursing graduate of Walden University and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the Lifespan. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am responsible for providing my patients with superior, evidence-based care to improve their quality of life. I place a lot of value on developing long-lasting relationships with people.
My areas of interest include helping people with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and Insomnia.
I have a Master of Science in Nursing graduate of Walden University and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the Lifespan. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am responsible for providing my patients with superior, evidence-based care to improve their quality of life. I place a lot of value on developing long-lasting relationships with people.
(224) 487-8023 View (224) 487-8023
Photo of Marc Sandrolini, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Marc Sandrolini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60641
He specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ADHD, trauma, personality disorders, and autistic spectrum disorders.
Dr. Marc Sandrolini is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Sandrolini attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Sandrolini understands that effective treatment starts with a conversation. Dr. Sandrolini helps his patients feel heard, accepted, and understood, so that they can feel comfortable sharing difficult details and sensitive concerns.
He specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ADHD, trauma, personality disorders, and autistic spectrum disorders.
Dr. Marc Sandrolini is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Sandrolini attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Sandrolini understands that effective treatment starts with a conversation. Dr. Sandrolini helps his patients feel heard, accepted, and understood, so that they can feel comfortable sharing difficult details and sensitive concerns.
(872) 278-2174 View (872) 278-2174
Photo of Miroslaw Jan Walo, Psychiatrist in Chicago, IL
Miroslaw Jan Walo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60631
I cover conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Autism, Post Traumatic Stress amongst others.
I am Child, Adolescent , and Adult Psychiatrist. I was first trained in General Psychiatry at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University and then I finished fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Chicago Ann & Robert H. Lurie. I am Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
I cover conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Autism, Post Traumatic Stress amongst others.
I am Child, Adolescent , and Adult Psychiatrist. I was first trained in General Psychiatry at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University and then I finished fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Chicago Ann & Robert H. Lurie. I am Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(773) 313-3757 View (773) 313-3757
Photo of Alfreda Shields, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Chicago, IL
Alfreda Shields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
To schedule an appointment, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh I am dedicated to providing the evidence-based care that patients deserve, and I desire to establish long-lasting relationships with clients. I have an interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, and PTSD.
To schedule an appointment, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh I am dedicated to providing the evidence-based care that patients deserve, and I desire to establish long-lasting relationships with clients. I have an interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, and PTSD.
(312) 564-5830 View (312) 564-5830
Photo of Donna Czech, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Chicago, IL
Donna Czech
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
I have been a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years, but in the last several years, I have found my true passion in psychiatric nursing - and I consider it my calling in life. I feel privileged to hear about my client's personal journey, and their willingness to share their unique story. I am ready to support clients who are struggling with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, as well as struggles with ADHD, OCD, and mild psychosis. I have helped many clients to live happier, more productive lives through a combination of psychiatric medications and therapy.
I have been a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years, but in the last several years, I have found my true passion in psychiatric nursing - and I consider it my calling in life. I feel privileged to hear about my client's personal journey, and their willingness to share their unique story. I am ready to support clients who are struggling with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, as well as struggles with ADHD, OCD, and mild psychosis. I have helped many clients to live happier, more productive lives through a combination of psychiatric medications and therapy.
(312) 376-8537 View (312) 376-8537
Photo of Heta Shah, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Chicago, IL
Heta Shah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60607
Heta has cared for individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and other mental health problems.
Heta Shah is accepting new patients. Heta is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. She is known for her compassionate and patient-centered approach, taking the time to listen to her patients’ concerns and develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Her comprehensive assessments, evidence-based treatment plans, and ongoing support aim to promote mental wellness and improve the overall quality of life for her patients.
Heta has cared for individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and other mental health problems.
Heta Shah is accepting new patients. Heta is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. She is known for her compassionate and patient-centered approach, taking the time to listen to her patients’ concerns and develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Her comprehensive assessments, evidence-based treatment plans, and ongoing support aim to promote mental wellness and improve the overall quality of life for her patients.
(224) 344-2113 View (224) 344-2113
Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Psychiatrists

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 (under the brand name Luvox), fluoxetine (Prozac), and sertraline (Zoloft), 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.