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What Is The Difference Between Obsessive Compulsive And Being A Germaphobe
Different feel: Although phobias and OCD both are categorized as anxiety disroders, most people feel justified with their phobias while those with OCD nearly always see their symptoms as odd or "weird" and making no sense. However, treatments are quite similar both with respect to mediations and with talk therapies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Germaphobes" + OCD: Mysophobia, or fear of germs is one among ocd's cluster of symptoms, of course, not the only one. Frequent washing, and fear of contamination accompany this. This germ fear can exist by itself in what is called a "simple phobia" which is the commonest category of specific anxieties or co-occur in ocd. Treatment can be medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy, desensitization. Causes much distres. ...Read more
Very different: Good question! "ocd" has almost become a household expression for simply worrying or caring a lot about something. But, statistically, obsessive -compulsive disorder occurs in only about 1-2% of the population. The disorder has two major components: intrusive and inappropriate thoughts (not worries about real-life problems), and repetitive behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing distress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the differences between these disorders?
- obsessive/compulsive disorder
how do you know you have one, some or each one?
Neuropsychological &: Psychiatric evaluations are needed to determine if your symptoms fulfill criteria for these distinct but often co-morbid disorders. Difficulty understanding that others' opinions & desires can differ from your own underlies autistic behavior. Difficulty maintaining focus solely on salient information occurs in adhd. Repetitive, non-functional movements can be tics, compulsions, or stereotypies. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Obsessive Compulsive: The person would have obsessive ideas that go through his/her mind continuously, and have compulsions to do certain behaviors. The person cannot let go of the idea or focus effectively on anything else. Compulsive behaviors include things like washing hands over and over because of fear of contamination with germs; checking things like stoves or locking doors; also counting things endlessly. ...Read more
Meds; psychotherapy: Get a full psychiatric evaluation to assess for PTSD symptoms, and see if medications are warranted. Next, find a reputable psychotherapist nearby who specializes in PTSD. Generally speaking, meds and psychotherapy together are the best approach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical Exam: As with many psychiatric disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) is diagnosed by a comprehensive clinical examination. A patient must meet criteria set forth in the diagnostic & statistic manual or the icd-9 diagnosis manual. Questionaires, such as the yale-brown obsessive compulsive scale (ybocs), can help diagnose OCD and monitor one's progress during treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical Exam: As with many psychiatric disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) is diagnosed by a comprehensive clinical examination. A patient must meet criteria set forth in the diagnostic & statistic manual or the icd-9 manual. The primary symptoms are obsessions or compulsions that are not due to medical illness or drug use and they cause major distress or interfere with everyday life activities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OCD: OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors. Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A Bully Tormenting U: Great intro 2 ocd here at website of anxiety disorders assn of british columbia: http://bit.Ly/ykpajd ocd can really boss u around. It can b like having a mean, scared child running ur life - getting scary, even embarrassing thoughts stuck in ur head u don't want; forcing u 2 do things it tricks u into believing will chase away those thoughts also check http://www.Ocfoundation.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
OCD: OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors. Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good Evaluation: A through history and physical exam are the cornerstones of diagnosing any condition. Start with one's primary care doctor who based upon their findings may refer to a psychiatrist or psychologist for further evaluation. Ocd is a clinical diagnosis and is based upon the presence of obsessions and compulsions. A qualified licensed mental health care provider would be the best source for diagnosis. ...Read more
But not a part of BD: There really is nothing to keep a person from having elements of all sorts of things. You can have diabetes and arthritis, right? Some oc thinking may be below diagnostic level, or it may meet the criteria. Mood swings can be below bipolar, too. The important thing is to find the best techniques to live a good life. A good therapist can help you understand yourself (more important than labels!). ...Read more
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