Unfortunately, OCD can return after it is successfully treated, remember, OCD is never cured.
However, there are ways to help keep OCD at bay once the symptoms have been eased because of treatment. First, if you have been prescribed medications, be sure to take them according to your doctor’s instructions.
Some medications can have very bad side effects or consequences if they are stopped too quickly, so be sure to make any medication changes in conjunction with advice from your doctor.
If you have successfully completed therapy, it may be beneficial to set up booster appointments every three to six months or so just to check in with your therapist and ensure that things are going well.
Just knowing that you are going to see your therapist again may be enough of an incentive to practice the skills that you learned in therapy, it keeps you accountable for your own health and wellness.
Further, if you did exposure therapy, it benefits you to continue to do exposures to challenge your fears and to build on the skills that you learned in therapy.