There are various treatments including therapies and medications that can be given to a patient identified to have the obsessive and compulsive symptoms of the disorder. Because of the number of treatments available for patients, they find it difficult to decide on what treatment should they take. The very first and basic step in identifying and choosing what treatment is to clearly identify the manifesting obsessive and compulsive symptoms of the patient and to have them consulted by a doctor or a psychiatrist. Also, the opinion of the family members must be considered as well in the process of treatment. According to studies and research, behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy have the same effects on the symptoms of the patient identified to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Also, there have been claims that when both therapies are combined it will have a better result.
Among the many therapies and medications doctors recommend to patients, most patients opt to have psychological therapy. Before hand, there are various questions that almost all patients and family members would like to raise. Are the patients willing to face their greatest fears? This issue has been found common among all patients because the therapy involves facing their fears with regard their obsessions and compulsions. Also, patients and family members mainly concern the cost and expenses that will be incurred in the process of treatment. Psychological therapy requires more or less 20 weeks to completely executing the treatment. With regard to this matter, patients must be sure that they are willing to spend their time in the process of the therapy. Patients are also asked to dedicate and devote themselves in doing the tasks and assignments that are given to them to cure and give relief to their obsessive and compulsive symptoms.
Research and studies show that patients who have successful psychological therapies are those who have completely and willingly dedicated themselves and their time in the therapy. Also, patients must be open to some changes that the therapy may cause them. Still, if the patients and their family members have more questions that are bothering them, it will be best to consult their doctors and their psychiatrist.
It is also very important that patients are comfortable with their psychiatrist and the treatment they are under with. Patient and doctor relationship must be established well in order to have a communication that is of great help to the condition of the patient. This would give a big impact on the patient’s recovery of OCD symptoms.