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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Why do I have an intention of doing same thing repeatedly many times?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have a counting disorder. Whenever I do certain work I do not know from where this feeling comes to me that I have to do that same thing several times until I get satisfied. For example, whenever I pick a book then I have to pick that book four or more times and sometimes 20 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ruhi Satija

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry to hear about your problem. Let me try to explain your problem in detail. What you are describing is called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A person suffering OCD has repetitive thoughts that are beyond control. For example in your case, it is this fee...  Read Full »

I get unwanted thoughts and feel insecure. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am having inferiority complex and fear of insecurity and death. I need some drugs to overcome these. Please suggest some medicines. I am having this issue for more than three years and also I used to imagine something that is not even going to happen like natural disasters, somebody com...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. From the available description it appears to me that you are probably suffering with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which is largely a treatable disorder. In this disorder most efficient drugs are SSRI (select...  Read Full »

Can my OCD get cured with lower dose of medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, I have brain lesion in the left temporal lobe size 0.9 mm as found in brain MRI. I had seizure twice two years ago. I am also suffering from OCD. Fluoxetine 40 mg has been very effective in treating OCD, but caused memory problem, speech problem and lack of concentration. When can I lower...  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhi Jain Bukharia

General Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) you have to take medications. Less than 40 mg Fluoxetine will not be effective. So, continue the same dose. Chances of relapse are very high in OCD cases. As you are having it for six years it is better to continue the medication...  Read Full »

Is it normal to masturbate to amusing stories?

Query: Hi doctor, When I was little, I sometimes masturbated to amusing stories I heard like a thief being caught and tickled by kids. I do not do that now. However, I remember that. I just want to be a normal guy. Does this mean I am not normal? Did that turn me into an abnormal guy? Any reassurance would...  Read Full »


Dr. Hardik Tusharkant Bambhania

General Practitioner, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We humans have all sorts of fantasies which can lead us to be either emotionally or sexually excited. During childhood we may have developed obsessions with certain things or scenarios. They can seem unusual or abnormal to us when we grow up. Your fascination with sto...  Read Full »

Is OCD hereditary?

Query: Hi doctor, I got married before 1-1/2 years. By seeing the aggressive behaviour of my wife, I took her to a hospital in my town and she was diagnosed with OCPD, EUPD and anger discontrol from childhood. She refused to accept the disease and apprehended to take the medicine. We have been attending ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read the detailed history that you have mentioned in your query and I can understand your concern. The symptoms does not fit in a particular personality type and this is the reason why she has been diagnosed with different personalities. As you have mentioned that ...  Read Full »

How can a person with OCD and an intense fear of sleep fall asleep?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with OCD. My OCD comes in the form of intense fear of sleep for the past five years, but it has gotten worse within the past couple of months. I am afraid the moment sleep comes, I fight this feeling until I am exhausted. How can I make peace with falling asleep a...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Psychiatrist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will start with the pharmacological part. You can discuss with your treating doctor regarding increasing the dose of Clomipramine, not only will it help with sleep but also in decreasing the obsessions. You can also discuss regarding substituting it with Fluvoxamin...  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

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

How can I overcome getting affected by thoughts of past bitter situations?

Query: Hello doctor, I have repeated thoughts of past bitter situations all the day for the past six months. I get easily upset and I start crying for unnecessary reasons. This is making my life hell and I have no peace at all. I am having a very poor concentration, not able to study. These thoughts a...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be suffering from obsessive thought disorder with depression. You may have compulsion but you have not mentioned in your symptoms so it seems to be only an obsession. For example, having an obsession with contamination and compulsion of washing unnecessa...  Read Full »

Can psychotherapy treat OCD?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from OCD (Obsessive–compulsive disorder). How can it be treated by psychotherapy?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you might be aware, OCD is a chronic, relapsing, and debilitating disorder. It has four themes of manifestation that decides the nature of treatment likely to be effective. So, to determine which form of therapy is more suitable for you, a psychiatrist can guide you...  Read Full »

How to control overactive imagination?

Query: Hello doctor, From more than a year, I have been facing mental health issues. It started with anxiety about developing schizophrenia and feeling detached from things. Since then, I often get periods of extreme anxiety, involuntary mental images of memories, imagination, dreams, and distorted memorie...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Psychiatrist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it appears that you are having OCD(obsessive-compulsive disorder). Yes, all of your symptoms can be seen in it. The main problem is that you do not have control over your thoughts, that is why imagery and other ruminations occur. The extreme ...  Read Full »

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