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Getting Rid Of Ocd Thoughts
Not necessarily: Meditation does not get rid of your thoughts, but it can help you stop identifying with them so much. You might have thoughts, but not have to believe they're true. Meditation also helps train you to observe and let go of your thoughts, so you're peaceful despite them. Consistent meditators also create brain effects that quiet more disturbing thoughts, feelings, and images vs more positive ones. ...Read more
Not clear: All of the ssris have been shown to be highly beneficial for treating ocd. Those available in the us are fluoxetine (prozac), sertraline (zoloft), fluvoxamine (luvox), citalopram (celexa), escitalopram (lexapro), and clomipramine (anafranil). Side effects vary, and sometimes one will work and aother won't, so trying several if needed is appropriate. ...Read more
Tackling Obsessions: Obsessions =unwanted thoughts that get stuck in ur head. They can spook u ; trick u so that u come 2 believe the thoughts r real or that they mean something. They can also trick u into performing actions/rituals 2 chase away these thoughts ("compulsions"). See http://bit.Ly/ykpajd. We don't understand what causes obsessions. For help tacking obsessions, see http://bit.Ly/1azqpnh. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Control adrenaline: Yes, the feeling of unreality is typically just a side effect of all the stress hormones/adrenaline from the fight or flight response of extreme anxiety. Psychologists can teach you to control your anxiety with a structured cognitive behavioral therapy program. As you learn to control your anxiety, you will learn keep your body from going into that fight or flght mode and not release adrenaline. ...Read more
No.: ECT is used to treat severe (life-threatening) depression and some other life-threatening psychiatric conditions, especially in the elderly. It has some risks, however, and it is not likely to help a phobia about cancer. Psychological therapy can help reduce unwarranted fear. Sometimes medication can also help reduce anxieties. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Behavior Therapy: Bt and meds together are used to treat this. Fears of germs and or becoming sick are very common types of ocd. You start with deciding if your fears are causing undue distress or interfering in your life or effecting functioning. It can be a focus of treatment and be addressed by learning about ocd treatment. ...Read more
Borax: Sprinkle borax on the outer parameter of your home and on all carpets. Vacuum often with a disposable vacuum bag. Dispose of bag after use. Plan lavender or marigolds around your home to repel fleas. You can also place small amounts of lavender essential oils through out the house. The original formula “dawn” dishwashing liquid detergent can be used well on your infested animals (rinse well). ...Read more
I have compulsive and obsessions of negative emotions, intrusive thoughts. Should I get treated for "impulsivity"?
Not the same: Although "impulsive: and "compulsive" sound similar, they have completely different meanings. In one sense they may even be considered the opposite. You may be having a problem in the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, but it sounds like clinical (major) depression is a definite possibility as well. I recommend that you obtain an evaluation from a qualified professional for a more accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please get help: A person shouldn't have to struggle by themselves with such thoughts. Having a mental health evaluation and working with a therapist, possibly with medication is the best way to approach this problem. It also is good to confide in a friend, family member, doctor or clergy person who can assist you in getting help. If you can't arrange help immediately you can always call 911 and get assistance, . ...Read more
Yes, that is: Possible. When a person is obsessed with particular thoughts - they aren't attending well to other things that are happening. With obsessive compulsive personality traits - people can lose the bigger picture when focused on small details. Therapy can help with both obsessive compulsive disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disordE.R. ...Read more
Lasts few minutes: Panic attacks can only last for few minutes but fear of getting the next is scary. Once you realize that treatment gets easy, that's what cognitive behavior therapy teaches you: identify thoughts that trigger panic attacks and then work on reducing the impact. Once in panic it's hard to relax. But abdominal breathing helps to shorten the panic attack. Google abdominal breathing and practice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not gay? Please help: Good morning i appreciate your question. In our society there seems to be little that is worse than being homosexual. But, our sexual feelings and the need to love and be loved are gifts that are part of being human. The desire not to have these gifts can be very dangerous and damaging. Please find a good, nonjudgmental, health care provider who can work with you as your explore this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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