An estimated five million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and live diminished lives in which they are compelled to obsess about something or to repeat a similar task over and over. Traditionally OCD has been treated with Prozac or similar drugs. The problem with medication, aside from its cost, is that 30 percent of people treated don't respond to it, and when the pills stop, the symptoms invariably return.
Do you perform unnecessary rituals in your daily routine? Are you a hoarder, afraid to throw out anything, no matter how useless? Are you unable to control runaway thoughts? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be among the five million Americans who suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), a mental disorder that can wreak havoc in the daily lives of its sufferers and their families. Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz can help.