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A 19-year-old female asked about a 13-year-old female:

what is the differed between obsessive compulsive disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disoder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
OCD: This is an anxiety do, with intrusive thoughts that cause apprehension/fear/worry, and repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the anxiety. Examples are excess washing, cleaning, checking, hoarding,emotional/financial distress. OC Personality is pervasive pattern of preoccupation with details & rules & schedules, rigid, stubborn, hoards, perfectionism.
Dr. Maria Conwell
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Thanks for sharing your expertise! Nice clarification!
Mar 7, 2015

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder without medications?

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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Yes: Psychotherapy can be quite effective for treating ocd. Medication may allow the therapy to proceed more easily.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder bad?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
OCD Symptoms: The symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder range from very mild causing little to no impairment in a patient's life, to very severe where the patient is totally disabled and unable to perform even simple activities of daily living. Examples: counting rituals interfere with getting to work, spending 12 hours each day in the shower, fear of HIV contamination leaves a patient home bound.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I treat obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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Dr. Allison Greco
Dr. Allison Greco answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Therapy, medication: The most effective treatment for diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder is something called cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt). During cbt, a therapist can help you "train yourself" to deal with the anxiety and emotions that accompany the compulsions associated with the disorder. There are also medications that may help, but they will be less effective without therapy.
A member asked:

How fast can I make my obsessive-compulsive disorder go away?

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Dr. Neal Stolar
Neurology 31 years experience
Usually takes time: This usually requires both medication and therapy and is difficult to treat. I have seen some people do much better and complete therapy, but rely on ongoing medication. Based on my experience, it usually takes at least 6 months but it can be a few years.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Not all OCD is difficult to treat. I have had some patients get dramatic relieve in a couple of months of medications and therapy. Don't give in to obsessions and compulsions. Don't be embarrassed to get help. You'd be suprised by how many people suffer from the same thoughts and behaviors and can get much better.
Feb 17, 2012
A 25-year-old member asked:

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Ocd: Look at the book the boy who couldn't stop washing by judith rapport. It will explain the many forms of OCD in detail and reads like a novel. There is a questionnaire called the ybocs that people also can use to identify the symptoms and severity of the disorder.

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