Agony Aunt: How do I deal with my OCD

 
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8th September 2016 at 9:41PM Be the first to comment 
I think I have OCD. How do I convince myself that I don't need to do everything 3 times?

Agony Aunt Replies:

Treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) depends on the how much the condition is affecting your daily life.

The two main treatments are:

cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) involving graded exposure and response prevention (ERP) – therapy that encourages you to face your fear and let the obsessive thoughts occur without "putting them right" or "neutralising" them with compulsions medication – to control your symptoms by altering the balance of chemicals in your brain

OCD that has a relatively minor impact on your daily life is usually treated with a short course of CBT involving ERP.

If you have OCD that has a more significant impact on your daily life, a more intensive course of CBT with ERP or a type of medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be recommended instead. You may also be referred to a specialist mental health service.

If your OCD has a severe impact on your daily life, you will usually be referred to a specialist mental health service for a combination of intensive CBT and a course of SSRIs.

Children with OCD are usually referred to a healthcare professional with experience of treating OCD in children.

The level of treatment for OCD can be increased in steps until it is effective. For example, if a short course of CBT does not help, you may move on to trying SSRIs.

It's important to remember it can take several months before a treatment has a noticeable effect.

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