Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is when someone has a recurring thought or pattern of behavior that they repeat through the day.  These actions can get in the way normal everyday activities.
  • How many people are affected by your mental illness? More than 1 in 50 people are affected with some form of OCD. (http://www.brainphysics.com/articles/ocd/how-many-people-have-ocd)
  • How can someone tell if they have your mental illness? Symptoms include a fear of dirt, a need to have things in a special order, fear of touching other people, avoiding situations that would trigger an OCD response.
  • What treatments exist to treat your mental illness? There are some prescribed antidepressants that can help.  They are (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ocd/basics/treatment/con-20027827)
  • Clomipramine (Anafranil)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox CR)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness? A combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy can help treat OCD.  There is also ongoing research on the benefits of deep brain stimulation if other treatments fail.
  • What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness? There is a lot of information on the internet.  However, the most useful resource would be a support group.  There are many online and live support groups.  I found one local to Pittsburgh that meets in 5 different suburbs: http://www.ocfwpa.org/support.htm

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