Health professionals could be better informed about OCD, but at least the word is getting out about it.
Thanks to many media campaigns and medical advancements, primary care physicians are becoming more aware of OCD and are able to make accurate referrals to psychiatrists and behavioral health providers.
Drug companies often visit doctors to let them know of new products for different disorders, such as antidepressant medications (many of which are also effective for OCD).
Pharmaceutical companies are also putting ads on television to get information directly to consumers about new medications that are available for treating their difficulties. Additionally, new research is emerging about surgeries that might be helpful for OCD.
Finally, the advances in the treatment of OCD using CBT and ERP are huge. There are people who speak nationally about OCD, entire books published on OCD, and there are specialty treatment clinics in several areas of the country that focus specifically on OCD treatment.
As more professionals become informed about OCD, there will be fewer misdiagnoses and quicker treatment available for individuals with OCD.