Psychedelic therapy to treat the obsessive-compulsive disorder

OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) is an anxiety disorder that affects 2% to 3% of the population. Late childhood or early adolescence is the most common period of development for it to start. People with OCD have intrusive and unwanted recurring and persistent thoughts, images, or urges (obsessions). They often engage in unnecessary, time-consuming, and distressing repetitive and ritualistic acts (compulsions). People with OCD are generally conscious that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational and excessive. They, on the other hand, believe that they are unable to control their obsessions or resist their compulsions.


Obsessions are usually extrapolated concerns and worries or anxiety that most people have at some time. Common obsessions include germ phobia, dirt phobia, poisons, fear of an illness, accidents, or deaths. This may include an excessive sense of responsibility for preventing this harm intrusive thoughts and images about sex, violence, accidents, and other issues excessive concern with symmetry, exactness, and orderliness excessive concerns about illness, religious issues or morality needing to know and remember things.

Possible causes

Compulsions are learned behaviors that become habitual and repetitive when they are linked to anxiety relief. OCD is caused by a combination of genetic and hereditary factors. The cause is chemical, structural, and functional abnormalities in the brain. Chemical, structural and functional abnormalities in the brain could also be the cause. Distorted beliefs reinforce and maintain symptoms associated with OCD. Sometimes several factors interact to trigger the development of OCD. The underlying causes may be further influenced by stressful life events, hormonal changes, and personality traits.


The most popular treatment for OCD is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that involves exposure and reaction prevention (ERP). Working with your therapist to break down your issues into different pieces, such as your emotions, physical feelings, and actions, helping you to confront your worries and have intrusive thoughts without neutralizing them with compulsive behaviors; you start with situations that cause the least anxiety first, before moving on to more challenging thoughts; you start with situations that cause the least anxiety first, before moving on to more difficult thoughts. While the therapy is challenging and can seem frightening, many people find that addressing their obsessions decreases or removes their anxiety.

Current status of psychedelics in the OCD intervention

Early preliminary clinical research with psilocybin has shown promising beneficial effects on OCD.

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