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How could I tell if I have OCD or depression?

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Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology
8 doctors agree

In brief: See your doctor

Schedule an appointment to talk with your doctor about your concerns.
He/she will be able to evaluate and/or refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for evaluation to determine any mental health diagnoses present. They will also be able to discuss treatment options with you to help you determine what is best for you.

In brief: See your doctor

Schedule an appointment to talk with your doctor about your concerns.
He/she will be able to evaluate and/or refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for evaluation to determine any mental health diagnoses present. They will also be able to discuss treatment options with you to help you determine what is best for you.
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Different symptoms

One can have both OCD and depression, but they are quite different disorders with very different symptoms.
Ocd has to do with obsessions and compulsions, for example, the need to wash one's hands repeatedly or to do things "evenly."--think monk, if you ever saw that series. Depression has to do with mood and related symptoms like poor sleep, low energy, suicidal thoughts, that persist.

In brief: Different symptoms

One can have both OCD and depression, but they are quite different disorders with very different symptoms.
Ocd has to do with obsessions and compulsions, for example, the need to wash one's hands repeatedly or to do things "evenly."--think monk, if you ever saw that series. Depression has to do with mood and related symptoms like poor sleep, low energy, suicidal thoughts, that persist.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Anxiety or sadness?

Ocd has an anxiety feel to it (it falls under the anxiety disorders) & has elements of obsession & compulsion; depression has more a feeling of loss & sadness to it.
.. To make it a little more difficult, depression can involve at times some anxiety/agitation. Of course, whichever one it is, a therapist would be worth seeing to answer your question in a more personalized way & to help. Good luck!

In brief: Anxiety or sadness?

Ocd has an anxiety feel to it (it falls under the anxiety disorders) & has elements of obsession & compulsion; depression has more a feeling of loss & sadness to it.
.. To make it a little more difficult, depression can involve at times some anxiety/agitation. Of course, whichever one it is, a therapist would be worth seeing to answer your question in a more personalized way & to help. Good luck!
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Dr. Missid Ghanem
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ocd

Intrusive thoughts and rituals to reduce anxiety, is common in ocd.
Depression shows neurovegetative symptoms and sadness.

In brief: Ocd

Intrusive thoughts and rituals to reduce anxiety, is common in ocd.
Depression shows neurovegetative symptoms and sadness.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See U PCP

He will evaluate u and according to his finding will refer u for treatment

In brief: See U PCP

He will evaluate u and according to his finding will refer u for treatment
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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