Behavioral Health

Frequently Asked Questions about OCD, Tic Disorders, and Tourette Disorder

You may find answers to some of your questions in the following frequently asked questions (FAQs). For additional information, our specialists are available to respond to any of your concerns and specific questions.

Does Mount Sinai treat OCD, Tourette disorder and related disorders?
Mount Sinai treats patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette disorder and conditions that often co-occur with, or are related to, OCD and tic disorders. We also evaluate and offer treatment for obsessions related to perceived body flaws (body dysmorphic disorder), compulsive hair pulling (trichotillomania), and skin picking.

Our clinicians have extensive experience with OCD and Tourette disorder and also with conditions that present with symptoms similar to those seen in OCD and tic disorders. We are familiar with how symptoms and conditions can present across the life span, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, and also how symptoms can vary in severity over time.

What if you cannot treat my condition?
If you have a condition that is not within our area of expertise, we will make an appropriate referral to a specialist who can. Whenever possible, for your convenience, we will refer you to one of our colleagues within the Mount Sinai Health System.

Are family members and friends involved in treatment of OCD, tics, and Tourette disorder?
Yes. We involve parents and caregivers in our evaluation and treatment of youth. We provide information and education about how parents can best support their child as they enter treatment. We also encourage adults in treatment with us to invite significant others or family for educational sessions so that they can learn how to support their loved one who is in treatment, although this is not mandatory and is up to the individual to decide.

How often do patients meet with their clinicians and for how long?
We base the timing and frequency of psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment sessions on each patient’s individual needs. If a medication is being started or adjusted, we may meet as often as weekly to monitor closely and to make sure that things are going smoothly. Once dosages are stable and symptoms are under better control, meetings are often less frequent. Sessions to review active medication responses and adjustments are usually 45 minutes. We also tailor behavioral treatment sessions to the patient’s needs. Sessions typically occur once or twice per week, running 45 to 75 minutes.

Is there any follow-up care after treatment sessions are completed?
Once treatment is completed, we typically recommend follow-up booster therapy sessions, that taper in frequency. We are available to collaborate and coordinate care with other treatment providers and to support transition of care to previous or new providers as clinical needs change. If medication is being prescribed and at stable dosing, we will help you transition to your previous psychiatrist or find a new provider, as needed.

Does Mount Sinai offer various payment options?
We offer a range of fee schedules. Please contact us to discuss payment options.