Listen, as Dr. Simpson describes the treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder/OCD.
There are two treatments for OCD. One is treatment with medications, and there’s a one particular class of medications that have been found to be effective. And those are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and that includes medications like Clomipramine (the trade name is Anafranil), or the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and they include fluoxetine, which is Prozac, fluvoxamine, which is Luvox, paroxetine, which is Paxil, sertraline, which is Zoloft, citalopram, which is Celexa, and Escitalopram, which is Lexapro. And all of them have been found to be effective in the treatment of OCD.
The other treatment for OCD that we know works and is as effective, if not more effective, is cognitive behavioral therapy, but a very specific type called exposure and response prevention.
About Dr. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.:
Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., an expert on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, New York City, where she directs the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and OCD Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She was a member of the work group that developed the first “Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With OCD” for the American Psychiatric Association.
Through her research, Dr. Simpson is working to trace the brain circuits believed to play a major role in the development of obsessions and compulsions, and she has developed novel approaches to treatment. Her research has been supported by a NARSAD Young Investigator grant.