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Therapy for Thoughts: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is a psychotherapy in which the therapist and the patient work together to revise problematic thinking patterns that lead to emotional and behavioral problems. This is essential because one's beliefs affect one's view of self, others, and one's future. What one believes, whether it is true or not, affects every aspect of our lives. "disputing" is one cbt skill. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
There is a lot of: research available on cognitive behavioral therapy and its effectiveness. The symptoms you have can help determine the appropriate type of therapy for you. Peace and good health. CBT focuses on changing our habitual thought patterns which result in changes in mood and attitude. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Escitalopram: Escitalopram is an oral drug that is used for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It may be helpful to you if combined with intensive care from a mental health care professional, but may not be fully effective if taken just as a substitute for complete care. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can't : CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions ( like complex PTSD ) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications . The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy ( along with CBT ) ...Read more
CBT is based on : The idea that thoughts (& beliefs & attitudes) and behaviors affect feelings (emotions). For example, depression involves automatic, dysfunctional, negative thoughts; and withdrawal, isolation & inactivity (behaviors). It's easier to change thoughts & behaviors than change emotions directly. A therapist teaches, coaches & supports effective changes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Social Anxiety, OCD: Social Anxiety and OCD can affect our social relationships and enjoyment. With strong desire to change, Online Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help to solve current problems, and change unhelpful thinking and behavior. If problems are deep-rooted, severe, disabling and chronic, see Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: All of the phenomena you list can be found in the DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association as recognized diagnoses. ...Read more
Online cognitive: Gosh, never heard of such a combination? Cognitive test makes sense, but be wary of online tests. In most states psychological testing must be done by a licensed psychologist, and this provides legal confidentiality. For general discussion see http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/internetpsychotherapyethics.Asp. ...Read more
Rx for depression...: ...And anxiety. Very broadly speaking, it is group of psychotherapies that does not care whether or not, or how a person's psychological problems are related to their unconscious conflicts. Instead, this group of treatments tries to interrupt the sequence of conscious thoughts, feelings and behaviors to alleviate mental symptoms. Particularly effective for depressive and anxiety disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Pls suggest cognitive therapy exercises to practice at home. I have mild OCD . Cannot see a doc becos of socialstigma here in india. Pls help. Trapped?
Good books and...: This is not my greatest area of expertise but there are many online resources & good books like http://www.Cherrypedrick.Com/ocdworkbook/, http://www.Ocfoundation.Org/eo_selferp.Aspx & http://ocd.About.Com/od/treatment/a/relaxation_ocd.Htm homeopathy can be very helpful for treating ocd and seeing a good homeopath for your overall health should be without stigma. ...Read more
I'm in constant fear that I have a terminal illness and docs just not finding it. Cognitive therapy doesn't seem to help. On meds for ocd. Advice?
Need more or change?: Sorry to hear of your trouble. All testings negative = reassuring. Ocd is a form of excessive anxiety and seemingly you have some form of that, and some so called irrational fear. Not sure what medicine you are on for ocd, but i would recommend discussing with doc about adjusting dosage and/or adding med to alleviate your symptoms. There are many medications available these days. Good luck. ...Read more
I have mild ocd. Don't wish to see the doc for fear of social stigma here in india. Pls suggest some cognitive behavioural therapy to practice at home?
Use your brain....: You can never get rid of a thought by resisting it. For example, if i tell you "you can think of whatever you want, but not an elephant" most people will way that the elephant remained. A few stated something like, "i thought of a pink flamingo". So once you know the receptive, intrusive thought, label it "that is my ocd", a medical issue in my brain, and actively focus on something else. ...Read more
Can obsessive compulsive disorder be treated with cognitive therapy or is medication use more common?
Both are common: Many people receive relief from ocd symptoms with medications and/or therapy. Discuss this with your doctor and select a treatment plan that's best for you. Both medications and cognitive behavior therapy are common treatments (separately and in combination) for obsessive-compulsive disorder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Okay- Lexapro (escitalopram) helps my mood to manage OCD better cognitively.But it gives me more intrusive thoughts. Just started a month ago. Will this get better?
Oh (&Know) Those O's: Like, stephen king, ocd sure know's how to conjure up w/vintrusive thoughts/images that can terrorize & stick. It's great Lexapro (escitalopram) is helping you see your o's 4what they are. But do also consider behavioral treatment - exposure & response prevention (erp). Find trustworthy sources of info like http://www.Ocfoundation.Org for help managing your own o's, take a look at http://bit.Ly/12daeql. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OCD/Paranoid: Ocd is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Common obsessions include fears pf contamination, losing control, harm to self or others, perfectionism, unwanted sexual thoughts, and religious correctness. Common compulsions include washing and cleaning, checking, repeating behaviors, counting, and undoing. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
YES, esp. thru ERP!: Exposure & response prevention= gold standard non-medication treatment 4 ocd. Read jane singer's article about how erp helped her 20-y-o son recover from ocd here: http://bit.Ly/z7dftt caution: erp is hard as it involves not giving in when ocd orders u 2do something. Requires letting urself experience rising anxiety 4 a while. Get ppl u're close 2 involved in ur treatment 2help u stay motivated! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Get Free Thru ERP!: Exposure & response prevention= gold standard non-medication treatment 4 ocd. Read jane singer's article about how erp helped her 20-y-o son recover from ocd here: http://bit.Ly/z7dftt caution: erp is hard as it involves not giving in when ocd orders u 2do something. Requires letting urself experience rising anxiety 4 a while. Get ppl u're close 2 involved in ur treatment 2help u stay motivated! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds and therapy: 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. Cured is not a word that I would use to describe optimal results. Symptom reduction is part of it, but the emotional management that is the root of it should be the focus. If the anger/fear is resolved then the behavior will decrease ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: But there is plenty of help. Ocd like many other disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and mood disorders can be treated successfully, but often require long term treatment so the disorder does not seriously impair a persons function and they can live a fairly normal life. The best care is counseling, desensitization and medication combined. A strong positive attitude helps also. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
First, Know Ur OCD: Before seeking out treatment, ensure that u get the most effective treatment(s) available! i'd suggest doing lots of research on ocd. Learn about how it works & about what treatments are effective (esp exposure & response prevention, mindfulness meditation, psychiatric meds). Teach your family/friends about it. Listen 2this teen w/ocd: http://bit.Ly/10wlenp also see: http://www.Ocfoundation.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Expert Help Matters!: See ur pcp 2rule out any physical problems. Then consult w/ psychiatrist or clinical psychologist specializing in ocd/anxiety. Expert can rule out other problems that may look like or go w/ ocd/anx. To get the right doc(s) & most effective treatment(s), research ocd/anxiety: learn all u can about them & how 2treat effectively. Find a wellspring of educational info here: http://www.Anxietybc.Org. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Persistent ideas : Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and senseless. Compulsions are repetitive, purposeful and intentional behaviors that are formed in response to an obsession, according to certain rules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Expert Diagnosis: Obsessions = unwanted ; sometimes disturbing thoughts or images that pop into mind ;don't easily go away. They tend 2cause a lot of anxiety ; distress, ; can interfere w/ daily living. 2 make sure u get right treatment, it's impt 2have an expert psychological or psychiatric evaluation. What u r calling "obsession" may b something else ; might signify a number of different mental health conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why not get help?: Even if you meet with a therapist, you will be doing the work on your own. You will simply have someone to guide you and help you cope with the ocd. Why go it alone? Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very effective. Therapists do not do the work for their clients, they simply assist them. ...Read more
MD and ERP: When unwanted thoughts and urges to compulse occur go see your pcp to rule out medical cause; especially, in kids. Untreated disease (like strep) can trigger ocd symptoms and lead to a condition called pandas. In order to treat the anxiety caused by the ocd, a physician should recommend an evaluation by a cognitive behavioral therapist and erp treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer