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Have OCD, washing hands and bathing for a long time. Should my parents support me?

Hello doctor.I am a girl of 23 years old.I live in Mauritius.I have OCD since a long time and my life is like hell since a few years. Am really fed up and am not following any treatment because my parents feel this isn`t a problem and that am doing all those rituals like washing hands etc because all this is in my mind.They say one day i`ll definitely kill them because i always make them scream or angry due to my habits of washing hands and bathing for ling time.I really dnt knw what to do. Today my mum caught me washing my hands and arms and she was really angry and phoned a psychologist to take an appointment. Am happy actually that i can finally seek some help. But am afraid if the psychologist doesnt understand my problem then my parents will continue to blame me for everything.Plz tell i a bad person if i have OCD?Should my parents support me if i have OCD?
Asked On : Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response

welcome to health care magic

Relax and don't worry. No you are not at all a bad person. Anyone can have any kind of problem in life. Your parents should definitely support you. Without family support, it will be difficult to get out of this problem. I advise you to take help of a psychiatrist as this condition is treatable with pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

Good Luck

Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. G Gayatridevi's  Response
Hi Lovely ,
OCD or Obsessive-compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors you feel compelled to perform.

I would Suggest you to go through internet and research about it by yourself and completely understand your problem.

Sometimes it is not what we think yet we believe so , Just because you have obsessive thoughts or perform compulsive behaviors does NOT mean that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder. With OCD, these thoughts and behaviors cause tremendous distress, take up a lot of time, and interfere with your daily life and relationships.
If you think you show these symptoms it would probably be better to consult an psychologist . Just To make sure.

But I would Also like to add here that With Will And determination A human can achieve anything and OCD is quite a small problem and I Assure you that you will be able to conquer it .

I hope you get well soon,
Dr.G.Gayatri Devi.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sundar Gnanavel's  Response
There is nothing to worry about. OCD is a common enough disease with a world-wide prevalance of 4%. Effective therapies in form of medication and psychotherapy (eg. exposure and response prevention) is available. It is welcome that you are to meet a mental health professional. Be free in discussing your symptoms with him/her. I guess the person would also adequately educate your parents regarding the symptoms and regarding the nature of disease.That should help you since family support is of paramount importance in treating this disease. Wish you speedy recovery.
With regards,
Dr Sundar Gnanavel
Answered: Sat, 29 Dec 2012
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