What is the outlook for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder?

In most cases, OCD can be successfully treated with medication, CBT or both. With ongoing treatment, most people can achieve long-term relief from symptoms and return to normal or near-normal functioning.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/02/2014.

References

  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD Accessed: 6/2/2014
  • Eisendrath SJ, Lichtmacher JE. Chapter 25. Psychiatric Disorders. In: Papadakis MA, McPhee SJ, Rabow MW. eds. CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2014. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.
  • Bipolar and Related Disorders. In: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5. American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated; 2013.

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