What To Do When First-Line Treatments Don’t Succeed


Obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions do not always respond to first-line treatments. Fortunately, new options are on the horizon.


Obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions like body dysmorphic disorder, hording disorder, and trichotillomania are all common mental health issues. They all impair psychosocial functioning and quality of life, sometimes to a dangerous degree. Fortunately, well-known, first-line treatments are often effective. But for tough cases, clinicians may need other options.

In this Mental Health Minute, Katharine Phillips, MD, previews an upcoming panel at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting: “Treatment of Severe Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: What Do You Do If First-Line Treatments Don’t Work?” Phillips and the panelists will discuss the latest research and treatment developments.

Dr Phillips is currently professor of psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, and Residency Research Director for the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is also an attending psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and adjunct professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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