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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
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