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Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

All at once or: All at once, or one at a time? Those are 3 major disorders and there are many types of each of them. So the answer is yes, and no. It depends on which disorder and how much of a physiological component there is in each illness. You can not cure diabetes, but you can learn to control it. That is true of many psychological disorders as well. ...Read more

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Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more

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How effective is psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Yes certain approach: A type of therapy called exposure therapy can be very effective with OCD. In this process the therapist challenges the client to take small steps in exposing themselves to adopting their behavior and disputing their ruminating thoughts and then empowers them to see the results. Small gains in capability accumulate and the client begins to have alternative ways to dispute thinking and make choices. ...Read more

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How effective is venlafaxine (Effexor) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is venlafaxine (Effexor) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Useful: Studies show SSRI's such as Celexa (citalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline) are effective with 70% of OCD patients. Venlafaxine (a SNRI) has been found to help in some cases of nonresponse to SSRIs. When possible, a combination of medication and effective psychological treatment is desirable. However, pharmacological treatment is often more accessible and is a cost efficient approach. ...Read more

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Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Depression: You first have to rule out medical, thyroid, neurological and sleep related or drug induced causes, if all this has been ruled out then you can start meds and therapy. ...Read more

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How effective is group psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is group psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

It's promising: Recent studies indicate Cognitive Therapy or CT in a group format is effective at reducing symptoms of OCD. Earlier studies found two psychological approaches, Exposure+Response Prevention and CT to be effective. Both are structured programs that challenge the behaviors and thoughts of OCD. Ask the therapist about the specific type of treatment they use and whether it has research support. ...Read more

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Obsessive compulsive disorder resistant to help?

OCD seeking help: Persons with OCD can vary a bit in their willingness to get treatment, and the degree to which they seem to "want" to change. The most resistant sub-group of ocd'ers I have observed has been hoarders, who are often quite unwilling to change or get help, resisting all efforts to "contain" their compulsions. They experience intolerable anxiety when "deprived" of their collection. ...Read more

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Chronic insomnia treatments?

Chronic insomnia treatments?

Aromatherapy: I agree with dr. Ali. I am adding aromatherapy tips to his sleep hygiene info. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a. ...Read more

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Chronic alcoholism recovery undone by severe anxiety?

Chronic alcoholism recovery undone by severe anxiety?

Professional help: Having other comorbid conditions such as anxiety can cause relapse if not properly addressed. I would encourge professional help from someone who knows about anxiety and addictions. Some medications used for anxiety could be addictive as well. Add couseling or learn about mindful meditation. This can help with coming to terms with your anxiety, improve it and accept it without it causing distress. ...Read more

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Is luvox (fluvoxamine) effeictive for chronic anxiety?

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Luvox (fluvoxamine): Can work for some cases of depression, but is mostly indicated for obsessive compulsive disorder which is a type of chronic anxiety. ...Read more

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How effective is escitalopram (Lexapro) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is escitalopram (Lexapro) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Lexapro (escitalopram) & OCD: That would be off-label use, since it is approved for Major depression & Generalized anxiety. Some benefit from Lexapro (escitalopram) if dosed high enough & tolerated well. ...Read more

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How effective is systematic desensitization for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is systematic desensitization for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Alone, not very: But when used with other techniques such as prolonged exposure, deep muscle relaxation, cognitive rehearsal, thought stopping, can be very helpful in relieving some of the symptoms that bother folks with OCD. Should not be used simply alone. Consult a provider with experience in the evidence based treatment of anxiety disorders such as OCD. ...Read more

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How effective is Buspirone for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is Buspirone for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Not as effective: as SSRIs such as sertraline (Zoloft) and citrapolam (Celexa) which produce an average of 40-60% reduction in OCD symptoms. Busipirone (Buspar) may have some benefit in managing anxiety but is not the first line pharmaceutical intervention for OCD. ...Read more

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How effective is Fluvoxamine for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is Fluvoxamine for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

It's effective: Studies indicate SSRIs including fluvoxamine (Luvos) sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa) and paroxetine (Paxil) can reduce OCD symptoms by 40-60%. SSRIs may also be used in combination with two empirically validated psychotherapies, Exposure plus Response Prevention and Cognitive Therapy. Ask your doctor for more information about your options. ...Read more

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How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more

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Being taken over by anither consciousness increasingly often, also suffer paranoia, adhd, depression, chronic insomnia, ptsd and extreme stress...

Being taken over by anither consciousness increasingly often, also suffer paranoia, adhd, depression,   chronic insomnia, ptsd and extreme stress...

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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How effective is psychoeducation for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Meds and therapy: Psychoeducation certainly cannot hurt, but more is needed. Meds (usually antianxiety medications, but not always) combined with therapy with a clinician who specializes on OCD is the best combination to treat OCD, typically. This is the best treatment approach for OCD, but it does not guarantee a cure for it. ...Read more