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In 1994 last, I started facing symptoms of ocd. My parents took me to a psychiatrist in 1995. I started taking medicines but of no use. I started sleeping more and more. I couldn't continue my education after 10th. Since 2011, I hv been taking fluoxetine hcl 80 mg along with cbt. Slowly, after almost 7-8 years of regular treatment, my ocd is in remission now since last 2 years. But depression symptoms including very short temper, aggression, often feeling low, frustration regarding life and carrier are not ending permanently. I am 40 years now. Can anybody help?

Dr. Saul Pereira 92% (48853 ratings)
Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd, Transactional Analysis
Psychologist, Bangalore
You need to continue the therapy but with the focus on the depression. It seems to be an anger-related depression and cbt can and will help. In the meantime please do the following sincerely because you could resolve the problem better with good cooperation: have a good night’s sleep, have a good breakfast of more proteins, meditate often, remain free of stress, eat a lot of fiber, nuts, avocado, exercise regularly, eat dark chocolate, do yoga meditation exercises, spend time in nature or gardening, etc. I suggest you do the opposite of what this depression makes you feel like doing (actually, not doing): you will need to fight this condition. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, attend yoga classes etc. Watch sitcoms on tv or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least, 30 minutes but not in the scorching heat. Whatever happens, please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in god to alleviate your sufferings. Don’t wait for others to help. Use your own motivation, which might be at its lowest, but persevere and win this battle. Above all to be really happy, you need to live in love and for love. Learn all about emotions and how to handle them and that will get you out of the depression rather easily and quickly. A counselor is there only to facilitate you, all the hard word must come from you, and your cooperation with that person is very critical for your success. Be positive every day and learn to be contented with what you have. Do some left brain exercises: it is the happy brain. Here are a few suggestions: shut your left nostril and breathe, move your eyes from right to left and vice versa for at least half a minute at a time, and do calisthenic exercises with some form of counting, regularly. Whatever happens please cooperate with the therapy and do not discontinue until the condition is completely resolved.
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I am 23 years old I am suffering from ocd last 2 year I also did rtms and ect therapy from ahmedabad my ongoing medication is 1 divaltec er 750 2. Cap fludac 60 mg 3. Respin plus 2 mg 4. Inderal la 40 now my problem is that I am feeling fearful when I am going outside from home and interact with people please advise me what should I do.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 93% (2617 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, you have been fighting against ocd. Please take cbt with erp (exposure and response prevention) from a clinical psychologist or cbt trained psychiatrist. Your fighting will be more effective. Please continue all the tablets along with it.
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Suffering from anxiety I have met one psychiatrist doctor he told that you are suffering from anxiety so I was under treatment from 1 august 2019 they prescribe dothip 75 mg initially and lonazep after 15 days he givesmeloset 1.5 but when I told I have exam he reduced to 37. Mg but and after some days lonazep removed but from 17 august onwards suffering from heaviness in the eye burning continue then on 26 january before 26 january I was using dothip and meloset 1.5 mg tablet I consult to other doctor he told that you have obsessive compulsive disorder and gave meserbest 50 mg morning and clozepam. 5 mg at night and. 25 mg at morning I am using medicine from 8 days I am confused about old doctor told me that you have anxiety other type of anxiety but currently doctor said that you are suffering from ocd with anxiety am worried about medicine because I have already eaten medicine from 1 august 2019 and I am again change doctor. Is medicine provided by doctor is ok for any type of anxiety. Is changing doctor decision good? Or I have to consult old doctor.

Dr. Akshay Lele 85% (24 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, DNB (PSYCHIATRY)
Psychiatrist, Lucknow
Suffering from anxiety I have met one psychiatrist doctor he told that you are suffering from anxiety so I was under ...
Best way would be to get evaluated independently by another practitioner with certain psychological assessment tools, anxiety is frequently comorbid to ocd, but ocd in itself is a severe mental disorder which requires long term treatment with sufficient dosage. Your prescription doesn't suggest dosage of ocd, so in short you need proper reassessment before starting any medicine.
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Suffering from anxiety I have met one psychiatrist doctor he told that you are suffering from anxiety so I was under treatment from 1 august 2019 they prescribe dothip 75 mg initially and lonazep after 15 days he givesmeloset 1.5 but when I told I have exam he reduced to 37. Mg but and after some days lonazep removed but from 17 august onwards suffering from heaviness in the eye burning continue then on 26 january before 26 january I was using dothip and meloset 1.5 mg tablet I consult to other doctor he told that you have obsessive compulsive disorder and gave meserbest 50 mg morning and clozepam. 5 mg at night and. 25 mg at morning I am using medicine from 8 days I am confused about old doctor told me that you have anxiety other type of anxiety but currently doctor said that you are suffering from ocd with anxiety am worried about medicine because I have already eaten medicine from 1 august 2019 and I am again change doctor. Is medicine provided by doctor is ok for any type of anxiety.

Dr. Nk Tak 89% (247 ratings)
MBBS, M.D. Psychiatry, MBBB,MD,FIPS,MIASM
Psychiatrist, Jaipur
Suffering from anxiety I have met one psychiatrist doctor he told that you are suffering from anxiety so I was under ...
You history is not clear ocd symptoms are repeated unwanted thaught, images,ideas & compulsive behaviour like hand washing repeated, checking behaviour like knot of doors ,knob guess cillender like that ,dirty aexual thought about close family members n god so it simple to rule out &/ ocd is associated with comorbid anxiety symptoms .so reconsult your psychaiatrist. Don't worry it will be treated.
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Sir I am suffering from anxiety I have met several psychiatrist doctor and under treatment from 1 august 2019 but they prescribe dothip 37.5 mg and meloset 1.5 mg but not help heaviness in the eye burning continue then I consult to other doctor he told that you have obsessive compulsive disorder and gave me tablet terbest 50 mg and clozepam .5 mg is it help.

Dr. Nk Tak 89% (247 ratings)
MBBS, M.D. Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Jaipur
Sir I am suffering from anxiety I have met several psychiatrist doctor and under treatment from 1 august 2019 but the...
Hi! ssri are better drug now a days like escitopram, fluoxetine etc so reconsult your psychiatrist ,don't change your doctor again & again, have patience & took treatment properly wait for adequate time at least 6 to 8 weeks.
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Reading OCD - Repeating, Rereading Again And Again!

Ms. Pallavee Walia 91% (224 ratings)
PGDRP Rehabilitation Psychology , M.A Clinical Psychology, Certificate in Guidance and Counselling (CGC)
Psychologist, Agra
Reading OCD - Repeating, Rereading Again And Again!

As many of us already know, an obsessive-compulsive disorder often latches on to the things that matter to us most. Do your family and friends mean the world to you? let’s give you harming obsessions. Do you love to travel? OCD will set you up with fears of flying and staying in hotels. The list of possibilities is endless.

One of the obsessions that I often hear about that makes me particularly sad is reading. For so many people, reading is a simple yet vital part of their lives. Whether reading a newspaper for information, a textbook for studies, or a novel for sheer pleasure, OCD can proceed to take these everyday activities and turn them into vicious cycles of obsessions and compulsions.

So how does reading OCD manifest itself? as with all types of OCD, compulsions can vary from person to person. Some of the more common ones include having to read a word, sentence, or paragraph multiple times before continuing on. This could be as mild as having to reread the last word of every page, to something as severe as having to reread a particular sentence over and over for hours. To me, the worst compulsion of all is avoidance, where someone has given up reading altogether because it just takes too long and is too difficult.

One underlying obsession that typically incites these compulsions is the fear of not completely understanding what is being read. Some people with OCD might feel as if they are cheating if they don’t read and comprehend every single word. Or perhaps they feel others might view them as frauds. Even though those with OCD often acknowledge that these obsessions make no sense, they can’t control their compulsions or escape the vicious cycle.

The treatment for reading OCD is the same as for all types of OCD – exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. Ideally, the person with OCD works with a competent therapist using ERP, which involves doing the opposite of what OCD demands. So no rereading and no avoiding reading. One example of how this might be accomplished involves covering up words already read and not allowing yourself to uncover them to reread.

So without rereading, how can we be sure we really understand everything we read? well, we can’t. Certainty is an elusive goal and part of ERP therapy is to accept that; there is very little in all of our lives that we can actually be sure of.

I have heard from people who have reading OCD who haven’t read a book for pleasure in years. That is not the way life should be lived! we all deserve the freedom to be able to read if and when we want to. So if you have reading OCD, I hope you’ll get the appropriate help. With hard work, you can soon be curling up with your favourite book.

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