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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common and uncontrollable mental disorder where a person has a need to repeat some actions (compulsion) or keeps having specific thoughts (obsession) repeatedly. Obsessive habits include washing hands frequently, keep counting things, arranging things in a particular order, etc. Fear of germs and constant awareness of breathing are examples of compulsive behavior.

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I have OCD and unrealistic dreams. How to manage?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22-year-old male, and I am suffering from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) which has affected my academic life. As a result, I often get unrealistic dreams, and I cannot concentrate on my studies. I took medicines for one year but stopped taking them in the last nine months be...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you start taking the medications you took earlier for at least three years (consult a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent). Do not stop taking the medications without your doctor's advice.  Read Full »

Can reducing antidepressant dosage cause symptom relapse?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female and I was taking the tablet Flunil 80 and Clonil 75 four times a day which is 300 mg. At this high dose, I am feeling relapse and struggling with anxiety and fear. Recently I have been promoted to a higher post that requires alertness and fast decision-mak...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and am sorry for such discomfort. You are taking the maximum dose of both medications and yet there is a relapse of the obsessive-compulsive symptoms. I would sincerely suggest you ask your treating psychiatrist as the treating psychiatrist wou...  Read Full »

Is it suitable to add mood stabilizers for an OCD patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My relative has had severe OCD for the last 20 months. He has not left home for six months and spends 18 to 20 hours in bed. She started tablet Fluvoxamine the previous year at 25 mg, increasing by 25 mg every three weeks, and currently at 100 mg from the last seven weeks. There is a slig...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The patient has been on the same medication for more than seven weeks. It usually takes four weeks for the full effect of the medication. If there is not much improvement, you must increase the dose or add another medication. You can ask your...  Read Full »

I repeatedly ask my partner questions, and do not settle down until the answer sits perfectly in my mind. Why do I feel so?

Query: Hello doctor,I am in a relationship with my partner. Everything was great at the start, however now I keep asking him questions, sometimes the same ones until the answer sits perfectly in my head. Sometimes I have asked the questions before and feel the need to ask him again. The minute something po...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and want to suggest that you have to understand that you should keep a space in a relationship. This will help in maintaining the relationship for a long time. If you are asking him the same question again and again and this is resulting in distr...  Read Full »

How to control obsessive thought?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 20 years old. Currently, I am having obsessive thoughts and I find it hard to control the thoughts. I have fears and getting anxious that something might happen to me. But I am trying to convince myself. I am seeking help from a psychiatrist to know more about my condition. I have ear...  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and so you are having distressing obsessive thoughts. OCD is a quite resistant illness that involves serotonin. It is a kind of chemical produced in the brain. Usually, antidepressants are taken to increase the ...  Read Full »

Will Fluoxetine help in borderline personality disorder and obsession?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 years old female. I suffer from borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis, anxiety, and obsessive thoughts for ten years. I am taking Olanzapine 10 mg for 68 days, Lamotrigine 200 mg for 101 days, and Fluoxetine 20 mg for 53 days. Now I am not depressed b...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a lot of questions, let me answer one by one. 1. Fluoxetine is good medicine for OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) and depression cases. 2. If this is the first time you are having the problem, you should take medicines for at least six months, if not then ...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with ADHD. Please suggest a treatment for it.

Query: Hello doctor, I am diagnosed with ADHD. I experience sudden bursts of energy which I usually expel by flexing my hands and making noises. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I have a few questions; Can you please elaborate on what kind of excitement or energy burst you feel? Do you think these symptoms relate to anxiety or restlessness? Please follow up with the answers. Thanks and...  Read Full »

I am a student suffering from OCD; despite taking medicines I have not recovered fully. Please help

Query: Hello doctor, I am a student suffering from OCD. I am taking medicines since last year for the same. I got little relief so far, but there is repetition of thoughts and patterns of something. I am not able to concentrate properly while studying. So it is taking a lot of time to read even one page du...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) symptoms can appear to be stronger when you feel stressed and work hard. But it can be effectively managed by appropriate medication, following CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) strategies, and relaxatio...  Read Full »

How do I get over homosexual thoughts?

Query: Hello doctor, In grade six, I started thinking about marriage and sex, and as the time passed, I started thinking about my mother's marriage with another person and them having sex as my father was a harmful person. As the time passed, I would perceive men by their physical appearance, like having ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I understand your concern. You have an obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it; you should follow few guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. You should exercise 30 to 45 ...  Read Full »

I am on Celexa and Xanax for OCD, but there is no improvement. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 36-year-old male who has suffered from OCD for the majority of my life. My psychiatrist has changed Celexa to 40 mg, and I am taking this dose for two months now. I have a feeling of mania, anxiety and I am unable to deal with it. I also feel impulsive, and sometimes I feel great, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Punya Mulky

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention about your OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) symptoms. Please say about the type of obsessions and compulsions you have. You can take tablet Prozac (Fluoxetine) 20 mg for a week and gradually increase it to 40 mg. Prozac helps for OCD as well as for imp...  Read Full »

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