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Treatment Options for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD can be treated in many ways: cognitive behavioural therapy, medications, and surgical treatments. Medtronic provides a therapy that can be tried if medications aren’t effective enough. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy may include exposure to a situation that creates anxiety and then learning how to prevent the habitual reaction. Another method is to teach healthy and effective ways to react to troubling thoughts.


Drug Therapies

Taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may help treat OCD. SSRIs can help regulate anxiety and obsessive thoughts.


Surgical Lesioning

In severe cases of OCD surgeries such as anterior capsulotomy, which involve destruction of certain parts of the brain, may be recommended.


Reclaim Therapy for OCD

Indications: The Medtronic Reclaim DBS Therapy is indicated for bilateral stimulation of the anterior limb of the internal capsule, AIC, as an adjunct to medications and as an alternative to anterior capsulotomy for treatment of chronic, severe, treatment-resistant obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in adult patients who have failed at least three selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).


Indications: The Medtronic Reclaim™ DBS Therapy is indicated for bilateral stimulation of the anterior limb of the internal capsule, AIC, as an adjunct to medications and as an alternative to anterior capsulotomy for treatment of chronic, severe, treatment-resistant obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) inadult patients who have failed at least three selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Reclaim DBS Therapy for OCD is available in a very limited number of centres.  Only a specialised multidisciplinary group of physicians can determine whether this therapy is right for the patient.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.