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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
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 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 2 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 2 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