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What is the best treatment for OCD?

My friend was diagnosed with OCD. What is the best treatment for OCD?

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Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is the gold-standard treatment for OCD.
You are a great friend for seeking information to help someone that is likely experiencing disruptions in their life from OCD. OCD is an anxiety-based disorder that manifests through compulsive behaviors. Some of the most effective, and evidence-based, treatments for OCD are behavioral therapies. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Finding a therapist that uses these models can help your friend manage the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to their compulsive behaviors.
And Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) sometimes accompanied by medication is the only known treatment that is effective in helping people gain control over OCD.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT) has been the most effective Treatment for OCD for quite some time. However, a more specific CBT called Exposure and Response Prevention has become more popular recently and has demonstrated strong evidence in it's effectiveness. However, a more general therapeutic approach to one's overall mental health can be equally important in minimizing the effects of OCD tendencies in the long run. OCD behaviors can many times be a means of bringing order to one's otherwise chaotic environment. Therefore, it is important to look at your friend's overall mental well being and not overly focus on the behaviors themselves.
The treatment that has shown to be the most effective for OCD is called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
Combination of CBT and medicine. Among SSRIs Celexa has better outcome.