There are several types of OCD and one person can have one or a combination of these types. Most people need treatment for at least a year. In the said study, one out of five OCD symptom descriptions was ased to each therapist, who was then asked to provide a diagnostic impression.
Treatment will be stopped gradually to reduce the chance of getting side effects. The common perception about OCD is that it only involves treaf fear of dirt and contracting germs and a strong desire for cleanliness and symmetry.
Nevertheless, it is still possible to experience great reduction of symptoms and renewed sense of well-being. You have more control, than you think.
Unfortunately, the lack of research done to understand SO-OCD contributes to the misunderstood nature of sexual orientation obsessions. You may be able to stop if you have few or no troublesome symptoms after this time, although some people need to take an SSRI for many years. Anyone is at risk for this type of OCD, even those who have never experience same-sex attraction before.
The treatment recommended will depend on how much it's affecting your life.
Find out more about psychological therapies on the NHS. If you have more severe OCD, you may need a longer course of treatment.
The tp of our clients reported fewer symptoms and feeling much better. The high level of diagnostic error is indicative of how many SO-OCD patients worldwide are not getting the proper diagnosis and treatment they need. Your dose may need to be increased again if your symptoms return.
Dr Hank is very familiar with this type of OCD, so misdiagnosis should be your least concern. Do not stop taking an SSRI without speaking to your doctor first because suddenly stopping can cause unpleasant side effects.
If you attend the sessions consistently and do the ased homework, expect more improvement that those who fail to follow through. You may hovd to take an SSRI for 12 weeks before you notice any benefit.
Side effects feeling agitated, shaky or anxious rreat or being sick. People with fairly mild OCD usually need about 10 hours of therapist treatment, with exercises done at home between sessions.