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What causes obsessive compulsive disorder?

My best friend was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder. How can I help him?

3 Answers

He should establish care with a psychiatrist and a therapist, medications
and/or therapy can be helpful.
This is an extraordinarily common issue. It is usually neurologically based, frequently genetic, but some people may have had an infection at one time that triggered obsessive compulsive disorder. The best way to help somebody with this difficulty would be to find out whether they would want some specific help. Would strongly encourage your friend to seek professional advice and treatment. Your friend could then run by the professional what type of help would be most advantageous from a friend. Generally, one should avoid enabling certain inappropriate behaviors, and merely being supportive of one’s friend seeking help and guidance from an expert.

Lance Steinberg MD, Inc.
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCLA (Geffen) NPI
We do not know exactly what causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, however, we have treatment for it. We have medicine and a type of therapy called ERP or Exposure Response Prevention. The best thing that you can to help your friend is to help get him into treatment. We can do this on an outpatient basis if his symptoms aren't too serious to necessitate hospitalization.