Can we treat OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a result of ordinary behaviour taken to extremes so that it disrupts daily life. In the past, sufferers may have been forced to touch a dirty object, but then helped to overcome the need to wash their hands. Nowadays, treatment involves helping the person to find less distressing ways to control their obsessions or rituals. This type of therapy is often used in combination with drug treatment.

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In the past, a sufferer from OCD may have been forced to touch a dirty object. Nowadays, treatment involves less distressing ways of helping the person to control obsessions.


Principal Funder:

Wellcome trust

Major Sponsors:

GlaxoSmithKline life technologies