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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (cont.)

When To Call a Doctor

It is important to seek treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as soon as you suspect you have it. Treatment will improve your quality of life as well as the lives of your loved ones.

If you have OCD (especially with depression) and are feeling suicidal, or if you know someone with OCD who is feeling suicidal, call a doctor or right away. Warning signs of suicide include talking about death or giving away possessions.

Watchful waiting

Waiting to treat OCD is not appropriate. OCD should be treated as soon as you suspect that you or someone you care about has the disorder.

Who to see

Although there are many health professionals who can treat or monitor obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you may want to partner with a health professional who has had specific training in OCD management. Health professionals who can diagnose, treat, or monitor the progress of OCD include:

Other health professionals who can provide ongoing counseling and support for OCD but cannot prescribe medicines include:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

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