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How do I cure obsessive compulsive disorder aka ocd?

How do I cure obsessive compulsive disorder aka ocd?

OCD: Dear butterfly. To successfully treat obsessive compulsive disorder, one needs to address their thoughts. This requires counseling. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often effective. Psychiatric medications are sometimes needed as well. Take care. ...Read more

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Where do I turn for obsessive compulsive disorder help?

Where do I turn for obsessive compulsive disorder help?

Where OCD gets help: I am a board certified psychiatrist, and would recommend that you seek a licensed clinical psychologist, who is a verifiable expert in cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD symptoms. Treatment needs to be systematic and organized along certain lines. The right pscyh meds, however, can make the difference between failure and success in the change process; without meds, cbt has less lasting impact. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder?

What are common symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder?

See below: Ocd is defined by the presence of recurring obessions (thoughts) & compulsions (behaviors) that are distressing to the person because of time consumed or effects of thoughts/acts. Nearly all individuals label the thoughts and behaviors as "weird" or "odd, " even very young children; yet, they can't stop. Usually, the compulsion is an effort to get rid of the thought. Range of symptoms is wide. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder?

How do I know if my child suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder?

MD is best source.: The diagnosis of OCD is made when a patient reports having obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, or by observation of compulsive behaviors. Children are reluctant to reveal these symptoms due to fear of being labeled "crazy". Observe your child. If you see repetitive, ritualistic behaviors, with anxiety, isolation, or depression ask them gently to share their thoughts and fears. Seek help. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have an obsessive compulsive disorder?

I need help! How do I know if I have an obsessive compulsive disorder?

Get evaluated: If you are asking, you must have concerns about yourself. What are you noticing? OVD has many forms. Most common are persistent worry about something that you ca t get off your mind, perfectionism so that you get lost in details and don't finish tasks, checking and rechecking things that,you fear you have forgotten and rituals based on fears such as repeated hand washing. See doc ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Can you please list the common causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Likely Many: Via ocd-uk: "in spite of a range of theories & considerable research, scientists...Have not been able 2 identify a definitive cause 4 a person developing obsessive-compulsive disorder... However...It is believed that ocd is likely 2be the result of a combination of either neurobiological, genetic, behavioural, cognitive, or environmental...Triggers..." more here; http://bit.Ly/14igwa5. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Form of Anxiety: Ocd is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by two types of symptoms. One of these is obessesional thoughts in which a person has constant thoughts (often negative) that are intrusive and paralyzing. The other symptom is compulsive actions, in which a person engages in repetitive or ritualistic behaviors to the point that it interferes with completing daily activities. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Can someone tell me how to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Get help: There is not a simple solution to overcoming ocd. Find a therapist who specializes in ocd and start working on overcoming the symptoms. You may want to consult with a psychiatrist about medication if the ocd is severe. Behavioral techniques can be helpful in combination with insight oriented work. Good luck, but it will take time, don't be discouraged. ...Read more

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What causes obsessive-compulsive disorder? Are people born with it?

What causes obsessive-compulsive disorder? Are people born with it?

Cause unknown: The cause of ocd isn't fully understood. It may be genetic but to date no gene has been identified.It does seem to run in families however. ...Read more

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