Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
When To Call a Doctor
Call 911 , the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or other emergency services right away if:
- You or someone you know is thinking seriously of committing suicide or has recently tried to commit suicide. Serious signs include these thoughts:
- You have decided on how to kill yourself, such as with a weapon or medicines.
- You have set a time and place to do it.
- You think there is no other way to solve the problem or end the pain.
- You feel you cannot stop from hurting yourself or someone else.
Call a doctor right away if:
- You hear voices.
- You have been thinking about death or suicide a lot, but you do not have a plan to commit suicide.
- You are worried that your feelings of depression or thoughts of suicide are not going away.
Seek care soon if:
- You have symptoms of depression, such as:
- Feeling sad or hopeless.
- Not enjoying anything.
- Having trouble with sleep.
- Feeling guilty.
- Feeling anxious or worried.
- You have been treated for depression for more than 3 weeks, but you are not getting better.
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:
- Reference Psychiatrists Opens New Window.
- Reference Family medicine doctors Opens New Window.
- Reference Internists Opens New Window.
- Reference Psychiatric nurse practitioners Opens New Window.
Other health professionals who can provide ongoing counseling and support for OCD but cannot prescribe medicines include:
- Reference Psychologists Opens New Window.
- Reference Licensed mental health counselors Opens New Window.
- Reference Social workers Opens New Window.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry