To diagnose Obsessive Compulsive Disorder the medical professional needs an understanding of the sufferers past, very rarely though, is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder diagnosed due to the sufferer's feelings towards the illness. The sufferer can realise that the behaviours and thoughts that they perform and think are irrational, and therefore will try to cover up the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is important with any illness, especially Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, that you tell your doctor or medical professional anything and everything that you think is important. There are questionnaires that can be completed for the doctor to diagnose you, these are the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS) or an anxiety scale may be used.Please send us
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Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can involve either medicated therapy, or cognitive behavioural therapy. The medications that might be used are usually antidepressants, because of the relationship between depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is used to change the person's thinking patterns or to slowly expose the sufferer to the object, thought or action that causes the compulsions. For example the person may repeatedly check that the door is locked, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the therapist will try to decrease the urge of checking the lock. With persistent treatment the sufferer will eventually notice that their obsessions and compulsions are beginning to fade.
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There is also a Health Translations Online Directory that enables you, health practitioners, and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find reliable translated health information.
The Directory provides web links to online multilingual resources across the health sector including government departments, peak health bodies, hospitals, community health centres and welfare agencies.
Health Answers (http://www.healthanswers.com),
Beryl Net (http://www.beryl.net/yourhospital/htl/22708.htm),
Brochure - Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from Pfizer,
Brochure - Patient Advice on OCD from Solvay
by people who have had experience with O.C.D.