The full form of OCD is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It is a mental illness, where a person has recurring and uncontrollable thoughts or feels the urge to keep repeating an action. A few examples of OCD are repeatedly washing hands, fear of germs, rearranging things, and counting repeatedly.

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Can Lamotrigine dose be reduced to 25 mg for depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I am diagnosed with OCD and possibly depression. I have taken several different medications over the years and was most recently taking Lexapro 20 mg, Lamotrigine 50 mg, and Vyvanse 70 mg. Lamotrigine is the newest medication I was prescribed. I had gotten the dose to 150 mg, but then ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I would like to inform you that possibility of panic attacks is dose-independent. I mean to say for panic attack-prone individuals, the panic attack can occur at a wide range (starting dose of 12.5 mg to...  Read Full »

Will increase in level of FT3 likely to cause anxiety and OCD?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffered from terrible anxiety and OCD that seems to come and go over time. My mother had exactly the same disorder like myself. She was diagnosed with an under active thyroid and autoimmune thyroid issue. On taking medication to sort her levels she has been free from the mental heal...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it appears that you have sub-clinical hyperthyroidism and the FT3 here does not seem to be high enough to be causing the symptoms that you have mentioned so rest assured on that front as of now. This condition d...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing severe OCD for the past 12 years, despite taking the appropriate medications. How can I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from severe OCD for the last 12 years. Although medications helped improve my symptoms a lot, they still go beyond control occasionally. The current medications include tablet Daxid (300 mg per day) which suitably works for me to date. Other medicines prescribed from...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How much symptom control would you rate on a scale of 100? If tablet Daxid (Sertraline) helped you a lot, I suggest you continue taking it after consulting your specialist doctor and discussing it with him or her. Usually, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) responds...  Read Full »

I am a 35-year-old female suffering from OCD, and memory problems. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 35-year-old female not under medication. I want to know when false memory OCD manifests. If you remember one thing after the night out and the next day, another memory pops up a week later. Please help.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It would help if you stopped consuming alcohol at any cost. You may have an alcohol use disorder and anxiety due to alcohol. Sometimes there is a blackout due to alcohol consumption, making it difficult to remember events. If you regularly co...  Read Full »

I have a history of schizophrenia and OCD. Should I take Omega 3 along with L-Carnosine for improving cognition?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a past history of schizophrenia and OCD. I am not in any medication now for the past two months. Currently taking only L-Carnoshine for the past two months for cognition improvement. My question is, should I take Omega-3 also with L-Carnosine for better and fast results for cogni...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and can understand your situation. I suggest you take both the above medications and also take Ashwagandha with milk at night for it. Following are my suggestions to improve cognitive function, and will help you: Exercises daily for 30...  Read Full »

How to treat anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from anxiety. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your description of symptoms is concise and specific, which makes it easy to diagnose your condition. Mental illnesses are broadly classified into neurosis and psychosis. In neurosis, a person does not lose contact with reality and understands that he has a mental issue k...  Read Full »

What are the ways to manage OCD and PTSD in my friend's mother?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a friend who is in very much need of an expert. He has been living with his abusive mother his whole life, she even tried to kill him multiple times. Her behavior shows symptoms of OCD, PTSD, and even bipolar. He even tried to take her for counseling, but that made matters wors...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your friend's mother is showing an aggressive and abusive behavior which indicates serious mental illness. There can be an element of delusion of persecution that is suspiciousness of being killed by her son, which is making mother so violent. I would advise you to tel...  Read Full »

My sister has OCD and does not eat or drink for days. What can be done to treat her?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister has OCD. Last year she stopped eating and drinking water. For ten days, she has not eaten anything. We took her to the hospital. The doctor gave her medicine too. For 25 days, she was in the hospital, then she was fine. Medicines like the tablet Flunil 20 mg per day was co...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) is a relapsing-remitting illness; it needs constant doctor follow-up, and failing to do so may worsen the condition. Your sister not only has OCD, but she also seems to have low insight into her illness. In this condition, you must...  Read Full »

I am a female on antidepressants with a constant feeling of sleepiness, fatigue, lack of concentration, depression, and OCD. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have constant fatigue (i.e. nodding off 10-20 times a day). I constantly feel like sleeping all the time even when I wake up in the morning till lunch, then after lunch, I crash badly some days. I am exhausted every minute of the day. I always live in pain from a car accident that ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I would suggest you talk to your primary care general doctor. You need to get some tests done including CBC (complete blood count), basic metabolic profile, and thyroid function tests. We can discuss this further based on these test results...  Read Full »

My suicidal thoughts and anxiety are back after stopping my medications for OCD. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder four years ago. I became stable after taking medicines. After a few months, I stop the medicines, and the suicidal thoughts are back. I feel sleepy and anxious all the time. I am taking Anafranil and some other medicines. Kindly help. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. You may have mixed anxiety-depressive disorder due to OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) in the past. There is non-pharmacological management for it, and you should follow the guidelines below to deal with it. It will help you. You...  Read Full »

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