Wednesday, December 19, 2007
OCD treatment, psychiatrist's thoughts
OCD is often not treated aggressively enough. If you are being treated for OCD, expect to be prescribed high doses of SSRI"S (PROZAC, LUVOX, ZOLOFT, PAXIL, CELEXA AND LEXAPRO). Though benefits are seen as early as 3-4 weeks, maximal benefit is seen at the 3rd month. if all is better, consider backing off to a typical dose after 6 months. This maintenance dose should continue for three years. After three years 1/3 of OCD patients can actually be cured. It's not always this easy, however. If OCD and bipolar coexist it makes it much harder to treat because SSRI's make bipolar balance worse, in that case, medications like Neurontin can be helpful. Don't overlook the benefits of the vitamin B Inositol, I've seen it work.