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.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
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:
Could I have a different illness? Can I have a checkup to be sure?
Have you treated other people with OCD? If not, can you recommend someone who has?
About Treatment Options
What treatments are available for OCD?
If I take medication:
How long will it take to work?
What benefits can I expect?
What side effects should I look for?
Should I try counseling, as well?
What type do you recommend?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml. Updated January 2016. Accessed January 13, 2017.
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.
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