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A 38-year-old member asked:

is a good mental health therapist as good as a psychiatrist for ocd?

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Dr. Linda Chuang
Psychiatry 24 years experience
They are different: A psychiatrist is an md that has gone through medical school. He/she will evaluate your symptoms, rule out possible medical reasons for your symptoms and prescribe treatment which may involve both medications and psychotherapy. A good therapist does not have medical training but is experienced in psychotherapy. They can recommend therapy but may end up referring you to a psychiatrist for evaluatio.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
OCD treatment: Effective ocd treatment includes both ocd-specific exposure and response prevention, a specific cognitive behavioral therapy for ocd and medication management. Some psychiatrists are trained to provide both aspects of treatment. Otherwise, you will need a therapist who has been specifically trained to treat ocd as well as a psychiatrist. Good resource: www.Ocfoundation.Org.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
ERP Expert, Meds: Obsessions=unwanted thoughts, get stuck in head. Can spook u/trick so that we come 2believe they're real or they mean something. See http://www.Ocfoundation.Org or http://bit.Ly/ykpajd. Exposure & response prevention=treatment of choice. Impt 2find someone experienced in erp - usu psychologists (some) r the ones who train in erp. But see a psychiatrist 4 meds 2 help if erp alone is too hard.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

I find after talking to a therapist i feel worse, also I have tried meds for various mental issues, which only created more problems is this normal?

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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Psychotherapy: When you begin psychotherapy it can often feel worse in the beginning stages as you are likely uncovering aspects of your life that have troubled you, this is a normal part of the process. Also the right match with your therapist is crucially important. Talk directly to your therapist about your concerns and ask for help in adjusting to the after effects of your sessions. Best wishes.

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