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What is obsessive-compulsive disorder and how can it be treated ?

hello,i am having a problem of cleanliness. i used to wash my hand to much. i take half an hour to bath. i take 15 min to shampoo , 10 min to friends make fun of me. i need more water to bath. i used to plan what i will do next day,like shampoo,facewash,bodywash, complete bath etc. is it a mania? please help and suggest remedies to control it. thanks
Asked On : Mon, 30 May 2011
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The symptoms you describe are most likely of an Obsessive Compulsive disorder. OCD falls under the anxiety spectrum disorder in the classificatory system, and hence has associated depressive and anxiety features.
The disease is characterized by repetitive, intrusive thoughts on a myriad of themes like fear of dirt and contamination, fear of harm to near and dear ones, repetitive doubts, intrusive images and uncontrollable impulses. Compulsions are basically motor acts like repetitive washing, checking, slowness with activities etc. which the sufferer usually perform to reduce the anxiety associated with the obsessive thoughts.

OCD is treatable. There are psychotherapies like ERP, CBT etc. which have been successfully used in such cases. Along with them, there are medicines to address the issues.

I would suggest a consultation with a Psychiatrist for proper and comprehensive management. I believe the prognosis can be good.
Hope that helps.
Dr. A. Rao
Answered: Fri, 28 Jun 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sundar Gnanavel's  Response
Thanks for your query. OCD is characterised by recurrent thoughts and associated repetitive actions. We have effective anti-OCD drugs like clomipramine, fluoxetine as well as psychotherapy techniques like exposure and response prevention that are useful particularly in combination with one another. We generally continue treatment for a long time. Hope you found the information useful.
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Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Dushad Ram's  Response
Dear Madam/sir

The symptoms described are compatible with condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The severity described requires medication treatment either single or in combination for the symptoms control and earlier the treatment you take chances of recovery is more. Also it interfere with day to day life activity and interpersonal relationship and other responsibilities. This is to make you clear that it is not madness.

Hope you will recover soon.
Answered: Tue, 10 Apr 2012
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Psychiatrist Dr. Srinivasa S.R.R.Y.'s  Response
Thanks for writing to Health Care Magic
The problem you are suffering is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The symptoms include 'recurrent, intrusive unwanted thoughts called "Obsessions" and repititive behaviors called "compulsions". You have compulsive washing as a symptom. The disease is treated with anti-obsessional drugs like fluoxamine and other SSRIs. Temporarily benzodiazepines are used for anxiety relief. Psychotherapy techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention,etc are used. Consult a good psychiatrist. Treatment compliance is important for success.
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Answered: Wed, 1 May 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jagadeesan's  Response
Your are having Obsessive Compulsive symptoms, You need to consult a psychiatrist, it is not Mania
Answered: Sun, 5 Jun 2011
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ENT Specialist Dr. Puneet Maheshwari's  Response
ya its a type of mania
the only treatment is your councelling
so bette ru consult some psychiatrist
he will help
cozx its nt fai\rly possible to council u here
Answered: Tue, 31 May 2011
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Psychiatrist, Child Dr. Hemang M. Shah's  Response
Your symptoms are more of Anxiety disorder and not of Mania.
It may be possible that it is your personality.
Better you consult Psychiatrist at your place, who can definately help you
for your problems.
Answered: Thu, 2 Jun 2011
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