Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine has physicians and therapists who specialize in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • We rely on the latest neurobiology and neuroscience research to treat psychiatric disorders, including OCD.
  • Our researchers are exploring innovative non-pharmacological treatments for OCD, such as neurofeedback.
  • Our health staff provides a calm and supportive environment.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is characterized by thoughts or actions that feel excessive or out of control. Obsessive, repetitive thoughts and the accompanying anxiety and distress, can become all-consuming and disrupt regular daily activities. With treatment, many people can experience significant improvements. “We do a lot of consultations and help people get connected with the treatment they need,” said Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, director of the OCD Research Clinic. “But we’re also very, very focused on the development of new insights and new treatments.”

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.