Psychotherapy is considered more effective than medications for treating OCD symptoms in adults and children. In severe cases of OCD, medications are required, thus, medications and psychotherapy are the most effective treatment forms in those cases.
Psychotherapy helps the person with OCD understand how their thoughts drive their emotions and actions, identify and change the meaning attached to their obsessive thoughts that fuel their OCD symptoms, improve their distress tolerance thus reducing their OCD symptoms.
The number of sessions required depends on the severity of OCD in the person and how responsive they are to psychotherapy sessions.
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