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By February 7, 2012 - 5:16pm
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can OCD symptoms be controlled by the sufferer and disappear as years go by? Without seeking medical help.

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Hello roses,

Germaphobe is the popular name for people who become obsessed with germs and dirt and feel compelled to act out rituals of washing and cleaning. True germaphobes have OCD. OCD is believed to be caused by an abnormality in the brain's circuitry.

Brain scans show brain activity is different in people with OCD. There's probably a genetic component as well, especially when OCD begins in childhood. One-third to one-half of adults with OCD say their illness started in childhood or adolescence.

The most effective treatment combines medication, usually one of several antidepressants, and a form of cognitive behavioral therapy called "response prevention" or "exposure and response therapy."


September 24, 2012 - 5:30pm

would germophobia be considered as OCD? cause i think i am one and how do you treat germophobia?

September 24, 2012 - 2:08pm

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy, medications, or both.
Without intervention, a person with OCD is unable to control the obsessions and compulsions associated with this disorder.

Cognitive behavior therapy, which is a type of psychotherapy, is especially useful for treating OCD. Another type of therapy called exposure and response prevention is especially helpful in reducing compulsive behaviors in OCD.

Anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications for OCD. It is important to note, that the use of antidepressants may be risky for some, especially for children, teens and young adults.


February 7, 2012 - 6:39pm
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