Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

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Emily Hudson
Licensed Professional Counselor, ND, LPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the state of Missouri. I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 2017. During my studies, I was a staff counselor at Bastyr University. In addition, I offered low cost therapy to the community at a year long internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance. I spent 4 years as a clinical fellow at Roots Renewal Counseling in St. Louis, MO. I enjoy working with adults experiencing issues related to anxiety, depression, OCD, grief/loss, chronic illness, identity development, career, body image and self confidence.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the state of Missouri. I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 2017. During my studies, I was a staff counselor at Bastyr University. In addition, I offered low cost therapy to the community at a year long internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance. I spent 4 years as a clinical fellow at Roots Renewal Counseling in St. Louis, MO. I enjoy working with adults experiencing issues related to anxiety, depression, OCD, grief/loss, chronic illness, identity development, career, body image and self confidence.
(314) 626-8862 View (314) 626-8862
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Courtney Cannes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63131
I have over 15 years of experience working with people with anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, OCD, ADHD, depression, parenting and interpersonal stress.
Welcome! Starting counseling can be overwhelming and I would love the opportunity to start this process with you. Maybe you are struggling with your own internal emotions or thoughts. Maybe you are acting in a way that doesn't feel right and you want to break some patterns. Maybe your relationships with friends, family, kids is not what you want. Counseling is a great place to find hope and work towards creating the life that you want. I provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere for you to share your struggles/concerns and for us to work together towards freedom and healing.
I have over 15 years of experience working with people with anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, OCD, ADHD, depression, parenting and interpersonal stress.
Welcome! Starting counseling can be overwhelming and I would love the opportunity to start this process with you. Maybe you are struggling with your own internal emotions or thoughts. Maybe you are acting in a way that doesn't feel right and you want to break some patterns. Maybe your relationships with friends, family, kids is not what you want. Counseling is a great place to find hope and work towards creating the life that you want. I provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere for you to share your struggles/concerns and for us to work together towards freedom and healing.
(314) 300-7989 View (314) 300-7989
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Yvonne Hertich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63144
I believe that everyone can benefit from having an empowering, nonjudgmental therapist in their life. You may feel like you’re functioning okay on the outside but have disruptive thoughts, challenging relationships, or past situations that interrupt your life. I can provide you or your child with a space where you can be your authentic self while working towards making changes, overcoming difficulties, and coping with life’s variety of challenges. I specialize in OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, grief/loss, and emotional dysregulation.
I believe that everyone can benefit from having an empowering, nonjudgmental therapist in their life. You may feel like you’re functioning okay on the outside but have disruptive thoughts, challenging relationships, or past situations that interrupt your life. I can provide you or your child with a space where you can be your authentic self while working towards making changes, overcoming difficulties, and coping with life’s variety of challenges. I specialize in OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, grief/loss, and emotional dysregulation.
(314) 254-9149 View (314) 254-9149
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Laura Chackes
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141
I've specialized in treating children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Separation Anxiety, and Selective Mutism for the past 17 years. As the owner of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT, I've hired and trained other anxiety/OCD/BFRB experts, and continue to provide supervision and consultation, so I work to connect those I can't see to others in the practice.
I've specialized in treating children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder), Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Separation Anxiety, and Selective Mutism for the past 17 years. As the owner of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT, I've hired and trained other anxiety/OCD/BFRB experts, and continue to provide supervision and consultation, so I work to connect those I can't see to others in the practice.
(314) 384-5223 View (314) 384-5223
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Sarah Burns, LMSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW, BC-TMH
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122  (Online Only)
I specialize in eating disorders, OCD, and related anxiety disorders. Has the need for control taken control over your life? Have avoidance, distraction, or other strategies you use to ease your anxiety created problems in the long run?  Therapy can provide you with the tools to not only reduce your suffering, but produce a life better than you ever imagined. Working together, I will help you face irrational fears, challenge ingrained thoughts and behaviors, and find more effective ways to cope.
I specialize in eating disorders, OCD, and related anxiety disorders. Has the need for control taken control over your life? Have avoidance, distraction, or other strategies you use to ease your anxiety created problems in the long run?  Therapy can provide you with the tools to not only reduce your suffering, but produce a life better than you ever imagined. Working together, I will help you face irrational fears, challenge ingrained thoughts and behaviors, and find more effective ways to cope.
(314) 794-7370 View (314) 794-7370
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Joanna Struttman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63108  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I am here to support and guide you through your, OCD, anxiety & worry, as well as trauma.
Welcome and congratulations on starting your counseling journey! If you’re tired of feeling like you can’t understand why you don’t have energy, are confused about your life decisions, or continuing to cancel plans due to anxiety, I can help. I specialize in treating OCD, anxiety, trauma, life changes, and negative thoughts about yourself. I also offer online EMDR therapy.
As a therapist, I am here to support and guide you through your, OCD, anxiety & worry, as well as trauma.
Welcome and congratulations on starting your counseling journey! If you’re tired of feeling like you can’t understand why you don’t have energy, are confused about your life decisions, or continuing to cancel plans due to anxiety, I can help. I specialize in treating OCD, anxiety, trauma, life changes, and negative thoughts about yourself. I also offer online EMDR therapy.
(314) 648-3745 View (314) 648-3745
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Whig Mullins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, BSN, RN, BS
Verified
4 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63131
I utilize mindfulness, social signaling, emotion regulation, self enquiry, and distress tolerance skills to effect deep meaningful change in people suffering anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and actions, and folks feeling with overwhelmed.
Effective management of emotions can be challenging. Together we can open doors to create a better more enjoyable life. People often come to our practice seeking relief from life's challenges and leave with both a new perspective and living happier than ever. I specialize in RO-DBT, Radically Open - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and work with a variety of clients using DBT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness skills, life optimization and a variety of other techniques and skills.
I utilize mindfulness, social signaling, emotion regulation, self enquiry, and distress tolerance skills to effect deep meaningful change in people suffering anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and actions, and folks feeling with overwhelmed.
Effective management of emotions can be challenging. Together we can open doors to create a better more enjoyable life. People often come to our practice seeking relief from life's challenges and leave with both a new perspective and living happier than ever. I specialize in RO-DBT, Radically Open - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and work with a variety of clients using DBT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness skills, life optimization and a variety of other techniques and skills.
(314) 888-5379 View (314) 888-5379
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Stephanie Stockham-Ronollo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RPT, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63108  (Online Only)
I work with adults and couples on issues related to self-esteem, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, grief, body image and eating disorders, identity development (including multicultural and LGBTQIA), spirituality, and trauma.
If you've found yourself here, then I imagine you are looking for support to make a change in your life. It can be so challenging when you are shifting through all of these profiles to understand who can help you and how. It is true, there is not one counselor that is a great fit for each person. However, with over 12 years of therapist experience, I have seen that therapy REALLY works! I have also noticed that underneath a lot of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and relationship concerns is trauma. I specialize in working with trauma using EMDR. I help people move from a life of pain to one where they experience thriving.
I work with adults and couples on issues related to self-esteem, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, grief, body image and eating disorders, identity development (including multicultural and LGBTQIA), spirituality, and trauma.
If you've found yourself here, then I imagine you are looking for support to make a change in your life. It can be so challenging when you are shifting through all of these profiles to understand who can help you and how. It is true, there is not one counselor that is a great fit for each person. However, with over 12 years of therapist experience, I have seen that therapy REALLY works! I have also noticed that underneath a lot of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and relationship concerns is trauma. I specialize in working with trauma using EMDR. I help people move from a life of pain to one where they experience thriving.
(541) 209-5771 View (541) 209-5771
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Marcio Guzman
Counselor, PsyD, LMHC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Hi, there. I specialize in the treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders and couple's therapy. I have extensive training and experience in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention). I also have extensive training and experience in IFS (Internal Family Systems). I will tailor my approach to your specific needs. During our work together, you can expect me to be attentive, gentle, compassionate, and attuned. Contact me anytime. I look forward to meeting you!
Hi, there. I specialize in the treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders and couple's therapy. I have extensive training and experience in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention). I also have extensive training and experience in IFS (Internal Family Systems). I will tailor my approach to your specific needs. During our work together, you can expect me to be attentive, gentle, compassionate, and attuned. Contact me anytime. I look forward to meeting you!
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Angela Adamson Springer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63117
If you or your kid is struggling with anxiety-related problems of OCD- we've got you! My name is Angela Springer; I am the owner of Calm Mind CBT. All five therapists at Calm Mind have advanced training in evidence-based treatment for anxiety and OCD. Treatment that works! We work with kids, teens, adults, and parents (so everyone!). Our PASSION is to make therapy fun and engaging for kids. Check out our Instagram to see lots of fun Office Video (CalmMindCBT). We can't wait to show you how we can help as you take the first (or maybe the millionth) step toward reducing your/your child's anxiety. You are no longer alone in this!
If you or your kid is struggling with anxiety-related problems of OCD- we've got you! My name is Angela Springer; I am the owner of Calm Mind CBT. All five therapists at Calm Mind have advanced training in evidence-based treatment for anxiety and OCD. Treatment that works! We work with kids, teens, adults, and parents (so everyone!). Our PASSION is to make therapy fun and engaging for kids. Check out our Instagram to see lots of fun Office Video (CalmMindCBT). We can't wait to show you how we can help as you take the first (or maybe the millionth) step toward reducing your/your child's anxiety. You are no longer alone in this!
(314) 309-3374 View (314) 309-3374
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Amanda Lee Peterson
Counselor, MAC, LMHC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63101  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Living with anxiety or OCD is miserable! I have worked with anxiety and OCD for almost a decade and enjoy helping kids, teens and adults break free from the limitations and distress that anxiety creates in daily life. Often I see clients who are discouraged that talk therapy or other treatments have not been helpful. Research consistently demonstrates the importance of evidence-based treatment for moderate to severe anxiety and OCD. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is essential for successful treatment.
Living with anxiety or OCD is miserable! I have worked with anxiety and OCD for almost a decade and enjoy helping kids, teens and adults break free from the limitations and distress that anxiety creates in daily life. Often I see clients who are discouraged that talk therapy or other treatments have not been helpful. Research consistently demonstrates the importance of evidence-based treatment for moderate to severe anxiety and OCD. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is essential for successful treatment.
(206) 466-0957 View (206) 466-0957
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Caroline Schmidt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63110
Beyond RO-DBT, I also work with people who struggle with OCD, specific phobias/fears, and PTSD.
Do you struggle with chronic or treatment-resistant depression or anxiety? Do you have high standards for yourself or others that are sometimes impossible to live up to? When others are having fun and relaxed, is it hard for you to join in? If any of these apply to you, then we might be a great therapeutic match! Trained by the treatment developers at the Radically Open Institute, I specialize in Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based, transdiagnostic therapy for disorders of overcontrol. I love working with people to build a life that’s not only worth living but also worth sharing!
Beyond RO-DBT, I also work with people who struggle with OCD, specific phobias/fears, and PTSD.
Do you struggle with chronic or treatment-resistant depression or anxiety? Do you have high standards for yourself or others that are sometimes impossible to live up to? When others are having fun and relaxed, is it hard for you to join in? If any of these apply to you, then we might be a great therapeutic match! Trained by the treatment developers at the Radically Open Institute, I specialize in Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based, transdiagnostic therapy for disorders of overcontrol. I love working with people to build a life that’s not only worth living but also worth sharing!
(314) 876-8097 View (314) 876-8097
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Dr. Melissa Lukse, PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63116  (Online Only)
Dr. Lukse is a licensed clinical psychologist who practices cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She specializes in working with individuals with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, and binge eating disorder. She also works with individuals and caregivers adapting to living with chronic illness and/or disabilities. She offers telehealth services in Illinois, New York, Missouri, and Iowa.
Dr. Lukse is a licensed clinical psychologist who practices cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She specializes in working with individuals with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, and binge eating disorder. She also works with individuals and caregivers adapting to living with chronic illness and/or disabilities. She offers telehealth services in Illinois, New York, Missouri, and Iowa.
(224) 208-1821 View (224) 208-1821
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Lauren Hendrix
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141
I work with adults and older teens (15+) struggling with anxiety, OCD, BFRBs, BDD, depression, body image issues, and other life concerns like role transitions and finding purpose. I have compassion for those trying to find their way in life and needing some help to find the strength that is already within them.
I work with adults and older teens (15+) struggling with anxiety, OCD, BFRBs, BDD, depression, body image issues, and other life concerns like role transitions and finding purpose. I have compassion for those trying to find their way in life and needing some help to find the strength that is already within them.
(314) 907-2221 View (314) 907-2221
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Ryan Wilderman
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63134  (Online Only)
People who choose to work with me often struggle with various anxieties, fears and incredibly high standards. These issues can often manifest as OCD, anxiety, depressiveness and perfectionism. Many times, these difficulties spread into other areas of life and can impact school, work, family and even just engaging in activities that were once enjoyable. I help people and support systems navigate and learn strategies to manage these issues in order to better function and to be happier overall.
People who choose to work with me often struggle with various anxieties, fears and incredibly high standards. These issues can often manifest as OCD, anxiety, depressiveness and perfectionism. Many times, these difficulties spread into other areas of life and can impact school, work, family and even just engaging in activities that were once enjoyable. I help people and support systems navigate and learn strategies to manage these issues in order to better function and to be happier overall.
(314) 208-3477 View (314) 208-3477
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Lauren Goldberger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63124
I specialize in anxiety related problems and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and love working with kids, teens, and young adults.
We all know what it's like to have anxious thoughts that take over and make it hard to get through the day or accomplish the goals we have for ourselves. I would love to help you navigate those big feelings, manage your anxiety, and live the life you want to have.
I specialize in anxiety related problems and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and love working with kids, teens, and young adults.
We all know what it's like to have anxious thoughts that take over and make it hard to get through the day or accomplish the goals we have for ourselves. I would love to help you navigate those big feelings, manage your anxiety, and live the life you want to have.
(314) 988-3006 x506 View (314) 988-3006 x506
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Anna Cox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63124
I work with clients who are trying to manage a variety of issues including stress, relationship difficulties, anxiety, life changes, trauma, and OCD.
If you know something needs to change, but feel lost and unsure of where to begin, you're not alone. Life can be challenging, and most people aren't given all the tools they need to be successful. It can leave you feeling emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted by everything you're trying to manage. I believe in the power of transformation and growth. My approach centers around helping you repair what's within your control and develop resilience against what isn't. Life's unpredictability can test us, but together, we'll work on building your inner strength and navigating all that comes your way.
I work with clients who are trying to manage a variety of issues including stress, relationship difficulties, anxiety, life changes, trauma, and OCD.
If you know something needs to change, but feel lost and unsure of where to begin, you're not alone. Life can be challenging, and most people aren't given all the tools they need to be successful. It can leave you feeling emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted by everything you're trying to manage. I believe in the power of transformation and growth. My approach centers around helping you repair what's within your control and develop resilience against what isn't. Life's unpredictability can test us, but together, we'll work on building your inner strength and navigating all that comes your way.
(573) 549-3940 View (573) 549-3940
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Summer Morefield
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63102  (Online Only)
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, SUD’s, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and empathic. I believe in treating everyone with respect & sensitivity.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, SUD’s, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and empathic. I believe in treating everyone with respect & sensitivity.
(314) 907-3582 View (314) 907-3582
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Gabrielle Kunar-Macias
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63104
I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, specific phobias, trauma, suicidal ideation, building secure attachments, family conflicts, and parenting.
Life can be beautiful, but let’s be honest, it can also be stressful! From our very first session, you can expect to feel safe, validated, and at ease. I use humor and a strengths-based approach to create a space where we can be our authentic selves. My style is integrative, trauma-informed, and I tailor our work to meet your individual needs, goals, and interest. I incorporate art, play, reading, mindfulness, inner child, and parts work into our sessions. I can also communicate and collaborate with you or your child’s other providers (school counselors, teachers, physicians, etc.) to ensure a holistic and coordinated approach.
I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, specific phobias, trauma, suicidal ideation, building secure attachments, family conflicts, and parenting.
Life can be beautiful, but let’s be honest, it can also be stressful! From our very first session, you can expect to feel safe, validated, and at ease. I use humor and a strengths-based approach to create a space where we can be our authentic selves. My style is integrative, trauma-informed, and I tailor our work to meet your individual needs, goals, and interest. I incorporate art, play, reading, mindfulness, inner child, and parts work into our sessions. I can also communicate and collaborate with you or your child’s other providers (school counselors, teachers, physicians, etc.) to ensure a holistic and coordinated approach.
(314) 697-2260 View (314) 697-2260
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Cherie Baetz-Davis Ph.d.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141  (Online Only)
Specialties: Physical/Sexual Abuse Survivors, Depression/Postpartum Depression, Anxiety/Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Self-Injury, Eating Disorders, Family/Couples, Stress, Multicultural Issues, Codependency/Assertiveness, Relationships, and Work-Related Issues.
If you need a warm, supportive environment where you can feel safe to explore, learn, and make changes, you've come to the right place! I work with people from diverse backgrounds in a compassionate manner focusing on improving communication, recovering from past trauma, and developing effective strategies for stress/coping. I am directive at times and will challenge you to take on new perspectives and try out new behaviors, but at a pace that is comfortable to you. I use cognitive-behavioral techniques, role-playing, goal-setting, exposure/response prevention, assertiveness training, internal family systems, and others.
Specialties: Physical/Sexual Abuse Survivors, Depression/Postpartum Depression, Anxiety/Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Self-Injury, Eating Disorders, Family/Couples, Stress, Multicultural Issues, Codependency/Assertiveness, Relationships, and Work-Related Issues.
If you need a warm, supportive environment where you can feel safe to explore, learn, and make changes, you've come to the right place! I work with people from diverse backgrounds in a compassionate manner focusing on improving communication, recovering from past trauma, and developing effective strategies for stress/coping. I am directive at times and will challenge you to take on new perspectives and try out new behaviors, but at a pace that is comfortable to you. I use cognitive-behavioral techniques, role-playing, goal-setting, exposure/response prevention, assertiveness training, internal family systems, and others.
(314) 720-6036 x1 View (314) 720-6036 x1

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Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists

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.