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Alcohol consumption and ocd/schitzophrenia, what's the relation?

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Dr. Daniel Sternberg
Clinical Psychology 50 years experience
Alcohol, OCD, etc.: Alcohol consumption, ocd and schizophrenia may have no relationship with each other, and don't cause each other as far as we know. Someone suffering from ocd or schizophrenia may consume alcohol, and someone suffering from alcoholism might also suffer from ocd or schizophrenia. It may be helpful to get education from a professional, especially if you have personal concern about these.
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Diagnosis: Substance use disorders such as alcohol are increased in individuals who suffer from thought disorders like schizophrenia and anxiety disorders like ocd.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about alcohol consumption and ocd/schitzophrenia?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
They are associated: Many people with both ocd and schizophrenia use alcohol to "self-medicate" the anxiety which goes along with both disorders. There is no evidence that alcohol causes either problem, but in people who are genetically susceptible, early use of alcohol may bring on the onset of either problem sooner, and possibly more severely. Alcohol makes it hard to safely treat either with meds.Cessation is key.

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