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Is OCD curable

Can people fully be cured of their OCD. Are some forms of OCD easier to manage then others or possible to cure in smaller forms. I heard of people who've had it for years and ive heard of people who were able to rid of it  in a few months.
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OCD like psychiatric disability depends on its severity as for how treatable it is as well as people's response rates to medication. Medication is helpful but in addition to that cognitive behavioral therapy can work on what medication doesn't treat. You could ask a psychiatrist more about specific recovery rates but each person is different.
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Therapy, medications are the 2 best options. I may also suggest you get into meditation and get control over you mind, learn to quiet your mind. There are plenty of resources to help people meditate ranging from relaxation music to binaural beats.

In the worst case of OCD someone might want to consider deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment involving the implantation of a medical device called a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain.

But Rambo17 i think don't you will need meds or DBS. I think you are actually starting to have OCD about having OCD. I read your anterior posts, one said you cured yourself. Engage in a therapy before taking medications. You are not even sure you have OCD.

Best of luck,
M4
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I just need to clarify something here.  DBS was invented with the intention of treating "movement" disorders, like Parkinson's, dystonia, essential tremors, etc.  It is approved by the FDA to treat those types of disorders.  IT IS NOT AT ALL A TRADITIONAL TREATMENT FOR OCD. The use of this treatment modality (even for movement disorders) is RARE.  

Not a lot is known to this day about any possible negative effect from DBS.

In all of my years of nursing, I have never come accross even one patient who has had DBS, or has even considered it, and I've taken care of people with very severe Parkinson's.

I just wanted to mention that, I don't want anyone getting the idea that this is a common treatment option for OCD, or any other mental illness, b/c it most certainly is not, and honestly, the mention of it as a "treatment option" I feel is a bit inappropriate, and out of context.

(And, before I get accused of trying to run people off, or challenging people, that is not at all what my post is about.  I just didn't want people to be mislead...I know it isn't being "suggested" that the OP have DBS.....but still feel that the mention of it along with therapy and meds is misleading)
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I agree with nursegirl completely. Even bringing up the suggestion, let alone the remote possibility of DBS to a person with OCD could prove to be extremely detrimental. That treatment modality has now been planted in this persons mind........and where do you think a person with OCD is going to run with that?
Information is a good thing, but sometimes we can give too much, and that can prove to be a bad thing.
Like nursegirl, I have worked in the medical field for many years and I also have NEVER heard of DBS being used.      
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I'm extremely tired of both of you being on my shoulder. The guy wanted to know all the possibility. DBS is a new procedure in the medical and have shown extremely good result for recurrent seizures , parkinson's and more. I never suggested DBS to him and i end by telling him:

''But Rambo17 i think don't you will need meds or DBS. I think you are actually starting to have OCD about having OCD. I read your anterior posts, one said you cured yourself. Engage in a therapy before taking medications. You are not even sure you have OCD. ''

The guy wanted to know all the possible treatment and do your research it is oncluded in the treatments.

Stop being always on my shoulders i feel like you two really want me stop posting here. It's like you are observing me closely and waiting to jump on me on every move.
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Um, no.

Listen, I was nice and explained that my post was not meant to be personal.....I'm sorry that you are so sensitive that you always take it that way, but thats your problem not mine..

"The guy wanted to know all the possibility. "

He absolutely did not!!!!! Boy, how you love to try to re-write history!  He asked if OCD is curable, and went on to briefly ask if some forms are easier to manage than others, etc.  He didn't say "Please tell me ALL treatments, even the rarest ones that are unrealistic."

Im sorry, M4, I know you will not be open minded to my post here, but mentioning DBS was just absurd!!!  Can you HONESTLY not see how that would increase anxiety and paranoia in someone already suffering?  DBS is so rare, it does't even deserve a mention...and btw, it is NOT new.  It came about around 1996-1997.  Like I said, it is not a common form of treatment in any way....you would be hard pressed to even find a doc to agree to Rx-ing it, then performing the procedure, therefore it just was ridiculous, even detrimental to mention.

I could care less if you post here till your fingers fall off, but I honestly think if you are going to continue, you may want to think before you post.  Your advice is pattern cut, and is many times not individualized to the poster...and something like this...you mention things that are not realistic in the Rx of anxiety.  Another brief example...Light therapy.  Sure...it has helped people.  Is it commonly Rx'ed or even easy to find?   Heck no!  So, in that regard, it is not sensible to mention.

I will not engage in a back and forth discussion with you and certainly do not care if you post here...but whether it be you or anyone else...if there is something I feel is erroneous, I am going to point it out b/c the posters deserve accurate and up-to-date information.

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Ooops, I meant to put this in my post.

PLEASE with an OPEN mind...read this exceprt from your post....

"In the worst case of OCD someone might want to consider deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment involving the implantation of a medical device called a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. "

Can you NOT see how someone with anxiety would go into a panic attack just reading that?  And, if people truly do not KNOW the Rx's, they may think that this horrid, barbaric sounding procedure is actually common.
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Yeah i approve sometimes knowing too much is not good especially with someone who thinks have OCD.

But i seriously don't think he would even think about considering it. Anyway i said ''in the worst case'' the worst case of OCD is someone touching every lines on a brick walls while going home as a ritual so that it takes hours for him to get home because of OCD. In that case therapy is nessesary and if it fails then he must consider DBS.

But i cleary told him to reassure him that he was not suffering from a severe case of OCD and that he once told us he cured himself so...

And for your own knowledge here's an articles about DBS for people with OCD
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/triage/2009/02/deep-brain-stimulation-approved-for-obsessivecompulsive-disorder.html
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''Um, no.

Listen, I was nice and explained that my post was not meant to be personal.....I'm sorry that you are so sensitive that you always take it that way, but thats your problem not mine..''

"The guy wanted to know all the possibility. "

No but the title of his post is ''Is OCD curable'' so i told him all the posible treatments.
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I am sorry if you feel that nursegirl and I are "always" on your shoulder, which is rather paranoid thinking, and is also not true. On this forum it is a very common practice to intercede when we believe a response is wrong, misleading, detrimental or dangerous to the well being of the OP. Obviously both nursegirl and I had a problem with the way you handled this particular post, and we spoke our minds about it.
As nursegirl stated, if you are so sensitive that you take any debate or criticism personally, that is YOUR problem.
OUR primary concern here is to offer comfort and support to posters, not scare the hell out of them.
I simply urge you to think a bit more about each poster as an individual, taylor your response to that person and not try to impress the rest of us with your cornucopia of Net based medical facts.    
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Many of us have obsessive thoughts....OCD is a part of many peoples lives and it can be dealt with very successfully.  When I first had to deal with it, it seemed a little overwhelming, but many of us have it and don't even realize it.  But again, knowledge is power with this.  For me, talk therapy was the most crucial step I took in dealing with it.  In fact, people can use it to their advantages in many situations.  

Also, none of us here can say if you have OCD or not.  It has to be diagnosed by a professional.  
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I already answered one of Rambo's post and my answers are always very personal according to the poster demand.

All i am saying is you have me on radar and you are like ready to jump on me waiting i make an error.

You ignored the rest of my post and focused on DBS which was just an information that i never suggested to the poster.

And you said something about when i already suggested light therapy but it's always in the bottom of my list and it alwas include other treatments... see like you wanna see the bad that you focus on the bad and never see the good. thats why i think you both hate me and you are giving me a hard time...
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Opinions can differ on forums. One might like one thing. Another like another thing. I think that is what a forum is all about. People give opinions. They can questions opinions too if they think them wrong. That is what keeps a forum ticking over. We are all different people. Mostly we agree with each other. But we do get the odd post we may not agree with. And you will be told so straight away. It has happened to us. We just live with it and get on. Not sit and cry over it.
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Well said and it's the absolute truth. ALL of us have been "called on the carpet" about an opinion we hold. We can agree, disagree, ignore or just possibly, learn from the criticism.
If one's ego is so fragile, or their attitude so self-righteous, you and I have both seen that they don't last long.
There's never a lack of drama here, and it certainily spices things up!
But one CAN ruin a good stew if they don't understand the recipe..........

And how are things in beautiful Ireland this morning, MrGreen?
Do you need some Pacific Northwest rain? We have a few thousand gallons to spare!
-GL  
  
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