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Is there a treatment for an obsessive love disorder ?

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my husband 38y/o has an obsessive love for my 21 y/o daughter. is there any successful treatment for it? he has moved out of the house, but we are continuing our relationship. I am his only support person, his family has turned their back on him. He has been hospitalized for alcohol abuse and now is seeing a pychiatrist, having test done for schziphrenia.
Posted Tue, 1 May 2012 in Schizophrenia
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 39 minutes later
Hi,

Thanks for posting your query.

I can understand your concern. What your partner is having is obsessive love disorder and schizophrenia and personality disorders are often found concomitantly with this disorder.

The treatment options for this kind of obsession includes cognitive behavior therapy and antipsychotic medications, often in combination with psychological and social supports. Cognitive behavior therapy stresses on concentrating on reality check and explains pointlessness of fantasies and irrational thoughts to the sufferers. This is done by psychiatric sessions with a psychiatrist. Sometimes support groups may also help in the healing process.

His doctor may also prescribe him antipsychotic medication like Clozapine and atypical antipsychotics like resperidone.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Regards.
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Follow-up: Is there a treatment for an obsessive love disorder ? 3 hours later
My question is "successful" treatment available? Is it possible that we can ever assume our marriage? Is it safe for him to be around my daughter? Will he be able to live under the same roof as her?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 12 hours later
Hello,

Thanks for writing back.

Although cognitive behavior therapy and medications like antidepressants and anti psychotic medications are usually prescribed for obsessive love disorder, but if it is associated with other psychiatric condition like schizophrenia, then the prognosis varies with individual. There is no complete full-proof successful treatment for the same.

Research has shown that 50% patients improve, 25% show little improvement but needing strong support and 15 % do not show any improvement at all.

Basically obsessive love is in 4 phases: attraction, anxious, obsessive and destructive phase. Destructive phase is the most XXXXXXX Patients may slip from obsessive phase to destructive phase. So until and unless there is complete healing, it is not safe to live under a common roof with your daughter.

Most of such patients have disturbed childhoods and giving them emotional support even if you are not living together under the same roof or being married helps in fast healing.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Regards.
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