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If I have a lot of the symptoms of OCD and I already take medicine for anxiety does that mean I could have OCD and the medicine is just helping?
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Professional Opinion
It can take years for someone diagnosed w/ ocd 2get appropriate treatment.
So 1st get properly assessed. Then a) educate urself about what ocd is/isn't: & b) what form(s) ocd takes. (try http://bit.Ly/y0lvsh .) cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) that specifically includes exposure & response prevention (erp) has proven very effective as have certain medications. For some, erp/cbt + meds indicated.

In brief: Professional Opinion
It can take years for someone diagnosed w/ ocd 2get appropriate treatment.
So 1st get properly assessed. Then a) educate urself about what ocd is/isn't: & b) what form(s) ocd takes. (try http://bit.Ly/y0lvsh .) cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) that specifically includes exposure & response prevention (erp) has proven very effective as have certain medications. For some, erp/cbt + meds indicated.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although OCD is considered an anxiety disorder, it's typically treated differently than regular anxiety.
Usual medicines for anxiety are tranquilizers (valium, ativan, etc) or buspar (buspirone). Usual medicines for OCD are ssris (prozac, zoloft, etc). "anxiety" meds may dull the feelings associated with OCD without decreasing obsessive thinking or compulsive actions. Ask your doc whether you have ocd.

In brief: Yes
Although OCD is considered an anxiety disorder, it's typically treated differently than regular anxiety.
Usual medicines for anxiety are tranquilizers (valium, ativan, etc) or buspar (buspirone). Usual medicines for OCD are ssris (prozac, zoloft, etc). "anxiety" meds may dull the feelings associated with OCD without decreasing obsessive thinking or compulsive actions. Ask your doc whether you have ocd.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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In brief: Psychotherapy
The best treatment for OCD is insight-oriented psychotherapy, although medication can help.
Given your concern and the mixture of symptoms a consultation with a psychiatrist or psychologist would be a good idea to find a treatment plan that will look at all the issues.

In brief: Psychotherapy
The best treatment for OCD is insight-oriented psychotherapy, although medication can help.
Given your concern and the mixture of symptoms a consultation with a psychiatrist or psychologist would be a good idea to find a treatment plan that will look at all the issues.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher
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