Obsessive-compulsive disorder

What is Obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where people feel the need to check things repeatedly, have certain thoughts repeatedly, or feel they need to perform certain routines repeatedly. People are unable to control either the thoughts or the activities. Common activities include hand washing, counting of things, and checking to see if a door is locked. Some may have difficulty throwing things out. These activities occur to such a degree that the person's daily life is negatively affected. The condition is associated with tics, anxiety disorder, and an increased risk of suicide.

The cause is unknown. There appears to be some genetic components with identical twins more often affected than non-identical twins. Risk factors include a history of child abuse or other stress inducing event. Some cases have been documented to occur following infections. The diagnosis is based on the symptoms and requires ruling out other drug related or medical causes. Rating scales such as the Yale–Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale can be used to assess the severity.

Treatment for OCD involves the use of behavioral therapy and sometimes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The type of behavior therapy used involves increasing exposure to what causes the problems while not allowing the repetitive behavior to occur.

Obsessive–compulsive disorder affects about 2.3% of people at some point in their life. It is unusual for symptoms to begin after the age of thirty-five and half of people develop problems before twenty. Males and females are affected about equally. In English the phrase obsessive–compulsive is often used in an informal manner unrelated to OCD to describe someone who is excessively meticulous, perfectionistic, absorbed, or otherwise fixated.

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Please help me I am quite worried. I am 13 years old and think i m suffering from some sort of OCD insomnia . I have this strange obsession sort of thing where i can t stop thinking about one thing on and on and on, and this has been happening for about 5 weeks, with 3 topics. It s a lot worse when i am trying to go to sleep but can t because there s nothing i can focus on.I literally can t stop connecting anything to this single thing. For example, one topic was Thorpe Park (theme park). I tried to think about something, anything, else, ( counting sheep), but i even connected that to the topic. It is really annoying me, and i find it so hard to go to sleep that it is making me feel really ill. Please help i don t know how to help! Ella

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Hi Ella,
Welcome to Healthcare Magic and thanks for your question...

I understand that it must be very distressing for you to go through what you are experiencing. You have mentioned that you have been having repeated thoughts about certain topics which are causing you immense distress and...

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Hello
I suffer from OCD, SAD, and other anxieties. On September 2011, my Psychiatrist prescribed me with Lexapro with 10mg. It all went good, I needed more, so went from 15mg, to 20mg. Obviously, I felt very good. Last May 2012, I met the woman I am in a relationship with. I had to leave Lexapro because my sexual life was a mess with Erectile Dysfunction. Even though I left it, my SAD anxiety has become much better. I still suffer from it a bit, but is much better. Now here is the thing, my OCD is very bad. I have obsessive thoughts most of the times, when I want something, I need to get it at that time. Example, at University, I had to find my teacher to know my exam's result that same day because I was going to know the other week. Things like when I lock my jeep, I go check if it's locked, two three times sometimes. With my eating, when I like something, then its that, that and that until I get tired of it for days or even weeks. Music? I like a music, I listen to it the whole day, repeat, repeat and repeat. I honestly want to start Lexapro again, I was thinking of 5mg. So it can help also my bad mood that I suffer daily. But I am afraid that 5mg will affect my sexual life, and I have sex daily with my Girlfriend. I know I can't compare 20mg with 5mg. But do you think 5mg will help just a bit my anxieties? I just need is that little touch of help. I want the help, I feel great with Lexapro. But I am afraid of the sexual effect. Will it affect me much? What do you recommend?

Thanks in advance,

XXXXXXX

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Hi XXXXXXX

Welcome to Healthcare Magic and thanks for your question.

Lexapro (Escitalopram) is an SSRI anti-depressant, which is effectively used for the treatment of depression as well as anxiety disorders, including OCD. Though it is a very effective and safe medication, one of the...

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What supplements I can take to aid me to stop masturbate? I'm 35 years of age right now, and I masturbated since I was 12 years old. I still cannot quit masturbate right now. I need to take supplements to "aid" me stop masturbate. I know supplements can actually aid me to stop masturbate, but I just don't know which ones to take.

I already saw an urologist referred by my medical doctor, and that urologist told me that there's no medicine that can help stop masturbate. But, I told him that I understand, but I want to take something to "aid" me to stop masturbate. I asked him if that I can take something to stop masturbate, and he's not willing to give me anything. He keep refer me to my psychiatrist to have my psychiatrist help me.

I already consulted with my psychiatrist for many months for more than half a year. My psychiatrist told me that if I don't want to take new psychiatrist medicine to help me stop masturbate, then he said that I should see medical doctor to have the medical doctor give me medical medicine to help me stop masturbate. The psychiatrist said if I don't like psychiatrist medicine to help me do that, then see medical doctor for medical medicine to help me do that.

I do not like and I do not need to take new psychiatric medicine to help me stop mastrubate because it's not good for me and I just don't need it! My psychiatrist already told me to see medical doctor to have him/her give medical medicine to help me stop masturbate, and that's what I want to choose and do.

I know that supplements can in fact "aid" me to stop masturbate, but I just don't know which ones to take. I want to take supplements to "aid" me to stop masturbate. Please help.

doctor1 MD


Hi,

Thanks for posting your query.

I see that you have posted your query to an expert and as the urologist haven't replied to you for a while (which is a rare occurrence on this site), let me take this opportunity to answer on their behalf.

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Hello I suffer from OCD , SAD, and other anxieties. On September 2011, my Psychiatrist prescribed me with Lexapro with 10mg. It all went good, I needed more, so went from 15mg, to 20mg. Obviously, I felt very good. Last May 2012, I met the woman I...

doctor1 MD

What supplements I can take to aid me to stop masturbate? I'm 35 years of age right now, and I masturbated since I was 12 years old. I still cannot quit masturbate right now. I need to take supplements to "aid" me stop masturbate. I know...

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Please help me I am quite worried. I am 13 years old and think i m suffering from some sort of OCD insomnia . I have this strange obsession sort of thing where i can t stop thinking about one thing on and on and on, and this has been happening for about 5 weeks, with 3 topics. It s a lot worse when i am trying to go to sleep but can t because there s nothing i can focus on.I literally can t stop connecting anything to this single thing. For example, one topic was Thorpe Park (theme park). I tried to think about something, anything, else, ( counting sheep), but i even connected that to the topic. It is really annoying me, and i find it so hard to go to sleep that it is making me feel really ill. Please help i don t know how to help! Ella

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