Effective Treatment: CBT for OCD
Treating OCD with CBT
A recent study has shown that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) allows for better patient control over obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) compared with the antipsychotic drug risperidone. Researchers from Columbia University in New York City conducted the study, in which they found risperidone was no better than a placebo in patients who failed to respond to serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs).1 In fact, CBT was found to be extremely effective.
Medicines for OCD Not Enough?
SRIs have been found to work in a small subset of patients; however, for the majority who do not see effects in four to six weeks, this study has found it unnecessary for those patients to receive prescriptions for risperidone as it is not effective and has several unwanted side effects.1 Therefore, directing patients to involve themselves in exposure and ritual-prevention CBT is a better option.1 This type of CBT has patients confront thoughts and situations that trigger their anxiety and help them to respond in a healthy way without obsessive-compulsive rituals.1
Taking into Consideration Your Future: Treating OCD
Although CBT takes more time than writing out a prescription for another medicine that may not work, in the long run it offers better effects, and even remission.1 Physicians need to be able to educate patients on the favorable outcomes of CBT versus medicine for OCD.1
 Melville, N. A. (2013, April 11). CBT Beats Adjunctive Antipsychotic for Refractory OCD. Medscape News Today. Retrieved April 23, 2013, from www.medscape.com/viewarticle/782351?nlid=30315_1049&src=wnl_edit_dail OCD.