My wife suffers from OCD. How to treat the condition?

Q. Can OCD be cured?

Answered by
Dr. Aditya Gupta
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This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 22, 2016 and last reviewed on: Aug 10, 2023

Hi doctor,

My wife is suffering from OCD. She always washes and cleans everything, even electronic things. She will not touch anyone who come from outside. If in case she touches, then she does take bath immediately. If there is any fly at home, she will watch and wash all those things.



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From what you have described, it seems to be a case of OCD (obsessive compulsion disorder) only. One thing I want to ask is whether it causes stress to your wife or does she consider her habits as alright. In case, we finally came to a diagnosis of OCD it requires proper treatment that is medications and psychotherapy. Pattern breathing exercises like Sudarshan Kriya will also help her. OCD can be cured if treatment is taken properly. Thank you.

Differential diagnosis:

The differential diagnosis is

1. OCD.(obsessive-compulsive disorder)

2. OCPD (obsessive-compulsive personality disorder).

Probable diagnosis:

The probable diagnosis is OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

Treatment plan:

The treatment plan includes medications and behavior therapy.

Hi doctor,

There is no stress at home. She is free to do anything. She does not want to go to doctors.



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Do these symptoms bother your wife? Also, please let me know whether she feels that what she do is irrational. For how long she has been suffering from these symptoms? One more thing, does she expect the same behavior from others? Will she get angry if things do not go as she wants to?

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