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Talking to Your Doctor About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Describe your obsessive or compulsive behavior to your doctor. Also, tell him if these problems interfere with your daily activities.
In addition, you may want to ask the following questions:
About Treatment Options
If you decide to try counseling, interview counselors to find one with whom you feel comfortable discussing your problems. Some questions to ask are:
About Lifestyle Changes
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety Disorders Association of America website. Available at: http://www.adaa.or... . Accessed September 8, 2008.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.ni... . April 2008. Accessed September 8, 2008.
Last reviewed September 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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