Psychiatry

FAQs about Tics, OCD, and Tourettes

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 and related disorders?

Mount Sinai treats patients with obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and disorders that often co-occur with OCD, such as tic disorders. We treat the full range of OCD, including obsessions with perceived body flaws (dysmorphic disorder), hoarding, compulsive hair pulling (trichotillomania), and skin picking.

Our clinicians specialize in treating a range of disorders and have extensive experience with conditions that co-occur with OCD as well as conditions that have features similar to OCD. When a patient has OCD our team is able to provide treatment for all of the OCD and related disorder symptoms.

What if you cannot treat my condition?

If you have a condition that is not within an area that our team specializes in, we will make an appropriate referral to a specialist who can. Whenever possible, we will refer you to one of our colleagues within the Mount Sinai Health System for your convenience.

Are family members and friends involved in treatment of OCD, tics, and Tourettes syndrome?

Yes. We encourage adults in treatment to invite family, significant others, or close friends for our educational sessions to learn how to act as a coach or support for patients, though it is not mandatory.

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 needs. We also vary the frequency from weekly to monthly. We tailor behavioral treatment sessions to the patient’s needs, though sessions typically occur one to three times per week. The length of each session ranges from 45 to 75 minutes.

Is there any follow-up after treatment sessions are completed?

We recommend follow-up booster sessions once treatment is completed. We are available to collaborate and coordinate former patients’ care with their other treatment providers.

Does Mount Sinai offer various payment options?

We offer a variety of fee schedules designed to meet the financial needs of our patients. Contact us to discuss payment options.