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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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MD Psychiatry, Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology & Epilepsy, Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Delhi  •  15years experience
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Hello everybody!

I am Dr. Soumiya Mudgal, the consultant Psychiatrist. Today we are going to be talking about the topic of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is known as a disorder where you can have impulses or ideas or actions where you do one work or thought repeatedly. This can be a very disturbing illness and is quite commonly seen in people. But usually, people do not recognize it very early because they do not have much knowledge about the problem or fear to accept it. So obsessive-compulsive disorder is very much treatable if you, in time come and see the doctor. There are usually three types of course - for a short time of illness it comes if it gets treated it goes off, then there is a waxing and waning course which comes and goes but it is always ideal to have a treatment for that and then there are some people who have to live with this illness for a longer duration of time or lifelong.

But with medication, everything settles down. Treatment is usually in the form of two ways. One is medication. Usually, medication use is accessorized. The other one is behavioral therapy. Both are equally beneficial but together they give out better results. So I would advise you to take treatment for the obsessive-compulsive disorder because it is very much treatable and give you a sense of a happy life. So the treatment is very easy and is available at most of the psychiatry centre. All you have to do is go with your problem, tell your doctor, assessment is done regularly and medication is managed accordingly. Hiding the illness or not recognizing it makes life very difficult and in severe conditions, it can lead to depression and as severe conditions like suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts. So I would advise anybody who has this problem or if there is anyone around you having symptoms of OCD, please consult a psychiatrist.


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