Talking to Your Doctor About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
by Amy Scholten, MPH
A treatment plan should be based on your health and wellness goals. Talk to your doctor honestly about your concerns with OCD and treatment. An active role in your care will help to reach best outcomes.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will help:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Let your doctor know about symptoms and any day to day problems you are having. Be honest. This information will help the doctor make a plan.
If your doctor thinks OCD is possible, feel free to ask:
About Treatment Options
You can talk to a counselor before you begin treatment. This will help you find a counselor whom you feel comfortable with. Some questions to ask are:
About Lifestyle Changes
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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. Accessed January 13, 2020.
Last reviewed May 2020 by Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 7/29/2020
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