Although OCD is accepted as an illness with biological roots, it can’t be diagnosed using a blood sample, X-ray or other medical test. A mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or family doctor or nurse with special training will usually make a diagnosis of OCD using their medical judgment and experience. However, it is not uncommon for people with mental illnesses such as OCD to receive many diagnoses before arriving the right one. How many diagnoses have you received?
- My problem is that If I do some work, I don't feel satisfied until I check it again and again though the work I have done is correct. I feel that I have to wash my hands at least 3 or 4 times not only because it's contaminated but because I simply have a feeling that I need to wash 4 times else or I feel disturbed. Does the above symptoms lead to OCD?
- —Guest Sanjana
- Hi, I'm Tierra. I'm fifteen years old, and I'm having a problem. I've been looking online for weeks now, and I'm still not sure. I think I might be OCD. One example: My cellphone. There's a routine I do to delete everything, and I don't know why I do it. I've tried not doing it, and I get anxious and jumpy and feel scared that something bad will happen to me or someone I love. Example two: I can't sleep if I don't go over every single detail of my day in order. If I mess up or skip one, I have to start over. Most nights it keeps me up until 2. I'm not sure what to do... Can you tell me what I should do? I would love to hear back from you as soon as possible. Thanks,
- —Guest Ti'erra Carter
- I have received many medications and diagnosis for my OCD. I have also received insults and made to feel shame by professionals who thought I could control my problem at will. Someone with OCD does not will this disorder or cause it. We cannot stop by not putting a needle in our arm or alcohol to our lips. I have felt suicidal many times because of the pain I have suffered because of my illness.
- —Guest tessie