Can I cure my OCD without going to a therapist?

Many people with OCD find Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) really helps them manage their symptoms. Medications can also be very helpful. As I understand it, OCD can go into remission, though may never be completely ‘cured'.In my clinical experience, few people are

Can I see one therapist for OCD and another therapist for something else?

Yes and no. Yes, if you have cash and pay out of pocket, you can do that. It is like going to a doctor for your kidneys and not letting that doctor know about your heart problem or talk to your heart doctor

Can one overcome depression/anxiety etc. on their own and with just medication, no therapy?

The best way to battle your own depression is to focus on nutrition, exercise and meditation.Nutrition and exercise will offer positive signaling to your brain to produce more positive thought processes and perspectives. These are two great approaches to changing the way your mind and body will think

How to treat OCD without a therapist

Your parents sound pretty irresponsible to me and that is unfortunate.I believe one can only self treat OCD poorly.There are a lot of skills that one will just need help from that only a mental health professional who specializes in anxiety and OCD can provide.Sure you can read books, get online support, trial and error. You can make progress

How to deal with someone who has severe OCD

This is a question best answered by the patient's therapist who will take everything into account and then advise. Because you should not give in to the demands of the patient (because that only exacerbates the situation) and on the other hand, you cannot always be stuck-up and

How to stop my OCD

OCD is not amenable to typical anxiety treatments although it is considered in the anxiety disorder family. OCD therapy involves a behavioral therapy called exposure-response therapy, which takes practice and guidance; it also is difficult and takes a lot of

I don't have self-esteem or behavioral issues, so I don't think I need therapy. My psychiatrist seems certain that I should go to therapy. But there is no situation causing me to be depressed, so why would talking help me?

Most therapy is actually tool building and/or educationally based. You'll talk about your problems, and they aren't likely causing you to be depressed, but they are likely causing other issues. Smoking, over eating, under eating, drinking, over spending, the impact of various disabilities... but for the most part, it will be more or less

I just started seeing a doctor who has tried to get me to see a therapist or take medication for my depression. When I told her I didn't want to, she seemed either concerned or disappointed. Why would she react this way?

What kind of doctor did you see? Was it a psychiatrist or a general practitioner? If you have just started to see a doctor, it sounds like you are planning to see this doctor regularly. Did you see this doctor specifically for depression? Or for some physical ailment? There are

I suffer from depression. How do I tell if a therapist is good or bad?

You need to talk to them and see what you think. Read their reviews if they have any and see what type of methods they're using (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis etc), then read a little about the method to ground yourself into some knowledge. You

What should I do if I feel so defeated by life that I don't want to do anything, ever, just stay in my room and sleep? I have been feeling like this for years. Therapy didn't help a bit.

Determine the cause why you are feeling this way. Work on that aspect and find a motivation which will get you up on your feet.First is do it for yourself, God is grieving seeing you in that situation but as a person which

Can a person change without cognitive behavioral therapy?

YES, i ‘transformed' without cognitif behaviour therapy , it took me a life time but better a lifetime then never , and i didn't change the ‘SELF' but i connected into the SELF and that changed the setpoint of the alarmsystem

Can I see one therapist for OCD and another therapist for something else?

Yes and no. Yes, if you have cash and pay out of pocket, you can do that. It is like going to a doctor for your kidneys and not letting that doctor know about your heart problem or talk to your heart doctor or see your heart tests, though.

Can you treat BPD without therapy and medication?

Can you? Maybe. Should you? I'd say no.Now, I'm not in therapy right now. I'm treating myself by using methods I read about and conditioning myself to react in certain ways. But treating yourself only goes so far until you hit a wall.There's a reason therapists (trained professionals!) exists. If

How to convince someone with OCD to seek therapy

Like many anxiety disorders OCD lies in a spectrum and so we may all experience OCD at some level from time to time.OCD is a condition which can take a fairly long time to reach a diagnosis/treatment on average as it is a way of operating that can be helpful at times (as you have seen),

How to treat OCD without a therapist

Your parents sound pretty irresponsible to me and that is unfortunate.I believe one can only self treat OCD poorly.There are a lot of skills that one will just need help from that only a mental health professional who specializes in anxiety and OCD can provide.Sure you can read books, get online

How to stop feeling you are in love with your therapist without going to see another therapist

This type of reaction to a therapist almost invariably falls into the category of "transference reaction," is very common, though usually not acknowledged openly. Processing, or analyzing transference reactions is the "butter" when it comes to the bread-and-butter of psychoanalytic type therapies. The successful resolution of these reactions very often proves to be

How to stop my OCD

OCD is not amenable to typical anxiety treatments although it is considered in the anxiety disorder family. OCD therapy involves a behavioral therapy called exposure-response therapy, which takes practice and guidance; it also is difficult and takes a lot of practice and support. How that occurs

How do therapists avoid seeing only one side?

Carefully.When sitting down with a patient/client, you need to go in with the understanding that the patient is bringing you a small piece of a big pie. They do not live in a bubble. So you help by remaining objective, yet supportive. You aren't there to

How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy at preventing mental illness?

1) The first issue here is, "What does it mean to 'prevent' mental illness?"  Primary prevention is the prevention of people from contracting a disease or disorder in completely healthy people. It is unclear whether any interventions have been helpful in this way. 2) A number of efforts have been made with regard to secondary

How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy for depression?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the main methods for helping to battle depression today. It centers on the desire to get depressed people moving and stimulated.It is recommended practicing behavioral activation by engaging in one healthy activity each day that will bring

How is cognitive behavioral therapy used to treat psychological disorders?

This question has 2 parts. Let's break it down..What classifies a psychological disorder?Psychology observations operate on the principle of studying normal and abnormal behaviour in an individual.‘Abnormal' or atypical behaviour is looked at from the elements of how much is it :-Within the limits of acceptable and not acceptable in the societyAffecting the individual's everyday life or

How long should you see one therapist before changing, can you stay with one therapist long term?

It's complicated.Long-term therapy is excellent for working on long-term psychological issues. But - the longer the therapy, the more likely there may be contagion from the therapist's muck, so if it feels like that is going on, you must bring it up

How often should you see your therapist?

My initial response is as often as you feel you need to but often in therapy we will feel like we are doing ‘ok' and don't have any reason to keep going (like finishing the last 4 days of an antibiotics prescription). I have had many clients who came because they hadn't cancelled in enough time, said they didn't

I feel like I'm letting my therapist down because I was getting better and now I've had a "bad" session with flashbacks and other crap. How can I move past this, he says he doesn't feel that way?

Therapy has a natural ebb and flow. Some times you will have more symptoms than others. And symptoms in session are often useful, because your therapist can see what is happening and help you cope in the moment as well as shape treatment to fit you more

I think I might have ADD. How can I focus on my work and relax in moments when every little noise or sensation is distracting me, triggering lots of thoughts and making me really angry and unwell? Something other than medication? How is it done?

There are some medications that a doctor can prescribe to help you focus if you're diagnosed with ADD. You may have to undergo psychological testing to get this diagnosis. I suspected I had ADD and did this.Stimulants, such as Ritalin and Adderall, have been prescribed for years to help with

Is electroconvulsive therapy beside medication and CBT effective enough to treat OCD?

Firstly I have never known of a case where ECT has been used to treat OCD. I have seen it used to treat people suffering from morbid states of depression and it was very successful.If I recall ECT is reserved only for very extreme cases however during my college days we watched some

Is it natural to go into remission in OCD with only therapy as treatment?

First of all congratulations on being symptomless since November. I don't know how long you've struggled with OCD, but right now I'd bet the farm that you are one happy camper.As was mentioned, your remission is indicating that your medication regimen and CBT are working. You are very fortunate because more times than not total remission is

Is it odd to see two therapists? I'm seeing an anxiety specialist therapist but I'm also looking for an EMDR therapist for trauma.

It is not uncommon but as some have pointed out, both therapists that work with the same client need to be on board and able to collaborate with each other to provide the best care for the client. I do strongly suggest that the therapist are communicating simply so that everyone is on the same page, working

I've had a psychosis and CBT is too dangerous for me. What are some alternatives to CBT for OCD?

There are a number of alternatives to CBT. However, before listing what they are, I am curious about the following questions that would give a better idea about the type of treatment you could benefit from:What tells you that CBT is too dangerous? Have you have had past CBT treatment that did not work out well for

Should I see a therapist or not?

You should seek books about the subject before getting too involved. Otherwise you will quickly be diagnosed because you resemble a mental disorder. What you have is likely something that you can sort out without major intervention. So don't seek

What are some ways to cope with OCD if therapy is not accessible?

Let me begin with a story about a patient, and we'll call her Helen. Helen had terrible OCD; sometimes getting less than two hours of sleep a night. She had an obsession that her dining room table was filthy and riddled with germs.

What are the signs of a good therapist? What are some signs of a bad therapist?

I offer that its less helpful to use moral terms to describe an amoral process. Therapy is NOT good or bad. The client or therapist is not good or bad. So, if I assume the question refers to what are the defining characteristics of a positive

What do I do if my therapist is getting frustrated with me for not being able to 'make the leap' towards my goal? I believe I am moving too slowly and completely failing her.

First thing to do is to check your perceptions. Ask your therapist if they are getting frustrated with you?Second thing is to discuss your own feelings. Why do you feel you are moving too slowly? Where does your expectation about

What has proven to be the most effective treatment for scrupulosity OCD (types of meds and types of talk therapy)?

The only effective treatment for any kind of OCD is CBT, which includes Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).That means Exposure to the provoking stimulus (eg something contaminated) and Prevention Of the ritual (eg washing).In religious scrupulosity, the stimulus might be an intrusive thought -

What is Cognitive Behaviour therapy for OCD like?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is aimed at getting the sufferer to change the way his mind chooses to react to any anxiety inducing impulses. Like a noise at the window when you are alone at night could mean a ghost to some, a thief to

What is the best way to stop being obsessed with something?

An obsession can be partly explained as a stimuli, be it a person, an experience or an action that triggers a huge release of neurotransmitters that makes us feels great.The problem is that just because something feels great doesn't necessarily mean it is a good idea.However our brain wants

What should I do if I have an addiction but can't afford a therapy or medication?

First, there are free 12 step programs everywhere. AA, NA, CA, SSLA, GA. Look for locations on the Internet. Second, at least here in Pennsylvania the government has made provisions for everyone to get help even without insurance. It is advertised on tv

Which of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or medication is more effective in treating depression?

They are supposed to be most effective when combined together, although some people respond better to CBT than others. I had CBT with no medication and it was still very effective. I've also had relapses and relied solely on medication which

Why do I wish my therapist had OCD?

The answer to this is because your ignorant.I'm sure you're not an evil person so I'm assuming you don't have any clue how horrible OCD is. I had it growing up. I was deathly afraid of germs. I'd shower 5+ times a day, taking one every time I went out. I'd wash my

Why do people talk to personal trainers like they are therapists?

For the same reason people talk to barbers and bartenders as if they were therapists. Personal trainers are people who aren't in contact with your friends, family, boss, or anybody else you might need to talk about (or who might have some issue with what

Why is CBT not working for OCD when everyone says it does?

I have said this before in another answer: the problem with a purely cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment (in this case, OCD) is that it relies too heavily on the rational function and its supposed power to explain away the distorted thinking and behavior.Ultimately, OCD is not a cognitive-behavioral problem, rather it is symptomatic

Why is cognitive behavioral therapy effective?

Cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment that focuses on how a person's thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviours, and teaches patients to develop the coping skills necessary to successfully deal with the issues they may be facing.It is a talking therapy and is

Why is cognitive behavioral therapy important in psychology?

There are three paths to change: Feeling, Thinking and Behavior. Change any one of those and the rest will follow.Many of our clients have escaped up into their own heads. They experience all life, actual and fantasy, through the filter of their own thoughts. In fact, they spend

Why is cognitive behavioral therapy used?

CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave. For example, if you interpret a situation negatively then you might experience negative emotions as a result, and those bad feelings might then

Would you trust a therapist who had mental health struggles of their own? Even if they had struggled with traits of BPD in the past?

This is an interesting question. Marsha Lineman, the psychologist who developed DBT for BPD, after many years disclosed her own struggles with the disorder and it fueled her search for an answer. She certainly has helped many people in many ways. The key is that the therapist is working

Can therapy ruin your marriage? How?

I will answer from the standpoint of Psychoanalysis.if your marriage is a sympthon or relly on a sympthon yes, sure, and that is why you are paying a psychoanalyst in the first place. In fact the aim and target of a psychoanalytical

Did you go through gay conversion therapy? If so, what was it like, did it work, and was it your choice to do it?

It was basically volunteering to allow myself to be put through mental abuse. They pushed every angle to try making me believe I was horrible for the inclinations which had come to me without any choosing of it on my part. I was abused mentally and physically... sexually,

What's it like to undergo 'gay conversion therapy'?

I don't know if this answer is what you were looking for. But here is my experience.The situation has variables to take into account. I am completely blind, and am of Latin culture. I also went through this as a transgender gay male. My mother wanted me to be a cis straight woman.It all started six