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.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
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:
If you decide to try counseling, interview counselors to find one with whom you feel comfortable discussing your problems. Some questions to ask are:
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Tips for talking to your doctor. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at:https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated May 2014. Accessed June 15, 2016.
Last reviewed December 2016 by Adrian Preda, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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