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Obsessiveā€“compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive behaviors, obsessions, compulsions and anxiety. OCD is often managed through medication and behavioral therapy. Questions about the disorder, its effect and treatment should be placed in this category.

Asked in Pakistan, Emotions, OCD, Tourette's Syndrome

Scope of MSc psychology in PAkistan?

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Asked in Jobs, OCD

How does one find a job when disabled with OCD without a current resume and only a high school education?

There are 3 separate issues in this question: a disability, an outdated resume, and lack of education. The outdated resume can be addressed by going to many good online, free resume services and updating/creating same. This should be done right away. References are also critical and at least 3 people need to be found who will speak well of the candidate. A lack of education can sometimes be addressed through job history, but if there has been no employment or upgrading of...
Asked in Phobias, Self Help, OCD

Can you give 30 examples of phobias and their meaning?

Pediophobia- Fear of dolls. Pedophobia- Fear of children. Peladophobia- Fear of bald people. Pellagrophobia- Fear of pellagra. Peniaphobia- Fear of poverty. Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law. (Novercaphobia) Peniaphobia- Fear of poverty. Phagophobia- Fear of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten. Phalacrophobia- Fear of becoming bald. Phallophobia- Fear of a penis, esp erect. Pharmacophobia- Fear of taking medicine. Phasmophobia- Fear of ghosts. Phengophobia- Fear of daylight or sunshine. Philemaphobia or Philematophobia- Fear of kissing. Philophobia- Fear of falling in love or being in love. Philosophobia- Fear of philosophy. Phobophobia- Fear of phobias. Photoaugliaphobia-...
Asked in Illegal Drugs, Medication and Drugs, Addictive Behaviors, OCD

Will drugs used to treat OCD help prevent addictive behaviours?

In my opinion the answer to this question would be yes, OCD drugs would be effective against addictive behaviors. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder's key features (occording to the DSM IV) include "obsessions (persistent, often irrational, and seemingly uncontrollable thoughts)" and "compulsions (actions which are used to neutralize the obsessions)". An example could be someone who is obsessed with germs and being clean, so therefore compulsively washes his hands, uses tissues to pick things up etc. He uses the actions to help calm or neutralize...
Asked in Anxiety Disorders, OCD

What causes obsessive compulsive disorder?

OCD is caused by a gene that regulates how much serotonin is released into the brain. In people with OCD, this gene is different, and causes to much serotonin into the brain. This causes the disturbing, recurrent thoughts(obsessions) or "NEED" to figure out a problem. and then the debilitating habits(compulsions) as a result. There has been some thought given to strep throat as a trigger for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Strep throat is NOT a cause of OCD, but rather can cause it to actually...
Asked in Depression and Bipolar Disorder, The Difference Between, OCD

What is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

The main difference between them is that people with depression experience only depression, whereas people afflicted by bipolar disorder experience both depression and hypomania or mania. When someone is depressed they often link everything to being their fault and often feel like suicide. Whereas, my friend who has bipolar is different in the sense that when you have bipolar, you experience happy and sad emotions, that contrast each other greatly. I see my friend having a laugh and enjoying herself. Then totally depressed...
Asked in Lexapro, OCD

Will Lexapro help OCD symptoms?

well, i used to take lexapro, because i have OCD, now i am on zoloft. but, if you really want to know if lexapro will help, ask your doctor. ...
Asked in Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Emotions, OCD

What can you do when your own family brushes aside mental illnesses that you and your siblings are fighting with such as depression anxiety and OCD?

If you feel that you or your siblings needs psychriatric help, then you should speak to a psychologist or psychiatrist. When you speak to either of these professionals, everything said within the session is completely confidential. If you or one of your siblings have a mental disorder, it is always better to ask for help sooner than later. My family didnt recognize that I had some issues until I was 15-16 years old, and when I was placed in a mental institution...
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Anxiety Disorders, Antidepressants, OCD

What is the Best medicine for OCD?

There are several different classes of psychiatric medicines used to treat OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). One of the classes of medicines that is known to have the least incidences of side effect or discontiuation are the SSRIs. Two of them are more prominently known for OCD. THese two are Zoloft and Luvox. Both of these have FDA approved generics that are equivalent to the brand names. ...
Asked in OCD

What are the 4 defense mechanisms of obsessive compulsive disorder?

Isolation, Undoing, reaction formation are the main three defence mechanisms for OCD. Magical thinking is another mechanism associated with OCD. ...
Asked in Mental Health, OCD

Is there anything to take to help with OCD?

There are many medications, from SSRI's to anticonvulsants to tricyclic antidepressants that can provide a lot of help for sufferers of OCD. A psychiatrist can help decide on a treatment and prescribe these medications. You can take meds for OCD such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft but you would need to get these from a MD, preferably a psychiatrist. Cognitive Behavior Therapy also helps with OCD which your dr. can help u with. * Even though there are plenty of medication and pharmacy drugs that...
Asked in Anxiety Disorders, OCD

Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder common among Narcissists?

Answer The two disorders are sometimes co-morbid (they can appear together)....
Asked in ADD-ADHD, OCD

Can ADHD and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder occur together?

Yes. When two or more disorders occur together they are referred to as comorbid. For example, OCD and ADHD, OCD and autism, etc. ...
Asked in OCD

What is Obsessive compulsive writing?

a firend of mine does it. she over writes a bunch of times to make it bold. it doesnt matter what word it is or anything just as she writes she will do it to some words, just all though out her paper. a firend of mine does it. she over writes a bunch of times to make it bold. it doesnt matter what word it is or anything just as she writes she will do it to some words, just...
Asked in Abusive Relationships and Domestic Violence, OCD

Can abuse cause OCD and funny habits?

Prolonged, repeated, and severe abuse can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD may include obsessive (intrusive) thoughts and compulsive acts. ...
Asked in Strattera, Medication and Drugs, Symptoms, OCD, ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Can a child develop OCD symptoms on Strattera such as hair pulling?

I don't believe that the Strattera causes OCD symptoms, and it's possible that the hair pulling is not OCD, but possibly a Tic Disorder. My son was diagnosed by a neurologist at five to have a tic disorder (at that time snorting) and ADHD. To treat the ADHD, the Doc prescribed meds like Ritalin and Adderal, and the tics got worse. They also evolved into new and more disturbing habits (such as bald spots from hair pulling.) The Strattera was the...
Asked in Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders, OCD

Does ECT help OCD?

Yes apparently it will work, probably not that well though, having ECT's work best for people with depression, but it is also debated the only reason why ECT's work is because it makes you have temporary amnesia, which is not good, you could forget years of your life and possibly not get it back that is if you have more than 10, for ECT's to be effective would be if you have at least 10, but I personally think this is...
Asked in Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders, Epilepsy, OCD

Is there a link between OCD and Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is not a mental health condition, so on that basis it would not be related to any mental health issues. Someone with OCD could also happen to have Epilepsy, but there is no real connection. ...
Asked in Strattera, Medication and Drugs, OCD, ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Has Strattera been used successfully for OCD?

I'm not sure, but I've used Strattera for some months. I've OCD myself, and Strattera hasn't helped me with this problem. But neither have medications like Lexapro, Efexor or Zoloft. The only stuff I find helpful is bezos like Aprazolam or Diazepam. They just make me a little less conserned about things that i usely worry about. But in the end of the day, they're quite addictive. So you should be careful using them Sorry for my bed English. ...
Asked in Beauty, Hair, OCD

If you pull your eyelashes out will they grow back?

First, people who pull out their hair or their eye-lashes may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or perhaps trichotillomania. Both of these are treatable conditions and a therapist can offer some good advice about how to stop doing this. But the short answer is yes, eventually eyelashes will grow back, but they tend to grow very slowly. ...
Asked in OCD

What is the link between Tourettes and obsessive compulsive disorder?

USEFUL LINKS CONCERNING TOURETTES: Tourette Spectrum Disorder Association, Inc. Tourette Syndrom Association, Inc. Tourette Sydrome - Now What? Tourette Syndrome "Plus" .... Many childhood-onset neurobehavioral conditions are often undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or misunderstood. On this site, you will find information on Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, "Rage Attacks", Mood Disorders, and other conditions that can lead to behavioral, academic and job-related difficulties. Just type in: Then choose one of the above and type it in and press "go" Good luck God Bless Marcy...
Asked in Eating Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Emotions, OCD

What does nervosa mean?

There is technically no exact term or definition to "nervosa" in the English language. For the context is is commonly used in, nervosa generally applies to the fact that something affects either the nervous system, mind / thoughts / mental capacity or reasoning, or influences the body through the mind. Thus, anorexia and bulima have "nervosa" at the end of their official names because they are an eating diorder that is commonly sourced from the mind. ...
Asked in Illegal Drugs, Anxiety Disorders, Marijuana, OCD

What are the effects of smoking marijuana with OCD?

It can be an effective reliever to the symptoms of OCD and has no side effects on your body unlike most of the drugs prescribed by physicians for the treatment of OCD. That being said, marijuana is still a drug and should not be abused. I myself use marijuana recreationaly and although the drug does not leave me with any physical craving, i still have a psychological craving when i am without it, all be it slight and not distracting from...