Several treatments are available for OCD.
We explore these treatments in more depth later, but the main treatments are some form or combination of therapy, medication, or psychosurgery (brain surgery). Medication and therapy are the most widely available treatments for OCD; psychosurgery is in its infancy.
There is a debate in research literature about what works better, therapy alone or a combination of medication and therapy, but it does appear that both are about equally effective, with therapy alone having less relapse potential than a combination of therapy and medication.
Finally, some new areas involving brain surgery are being researched. Though still in their developmental stages, they may have some promising results for individuals with severe OCD. These surgeries are still in their experimental phases and are awaiting the approval of the FDA for full use.