Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Home Care

Home care for obsessive compulsive disorder includes:

  • Keep regularly scheduled doctor visits.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Reduce stress.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Stress

Tips to manage stress with obsessive compulsive disorder:

  • Accept what you cannot change.
  • Ask for help if you need it.
  • Associate with people you enjoy and who treat you well.
  • Consider life as challenges to seek not obstacles to avoid.
  • Do not be dominated by one thing such as work or relationships.
  • Do not feel guilty when you have to say "no" to extra duties or tasks. Respect your limitations.
  • Energize your body with regular exercise.
  • Engage in hobbies.
  • Find the joy in giving.
  • Fuel your body with healthy foods and avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Get a regular fresh air and sunshine.
  • Have the courage to be imperfect.
  • Keep your sleep habits regular.
  • Make a list of all the stresses that cause you distress. Dispose of the ones you can and reduce your exposure to the others as much as possible.
  • Pamper yourself with simple pleasures that give you joy.
  • Practice relaxation and meditation.
  • Realize that you are responsible for how you feel.
  • Reevaluate and rearrange your priorities.
  • Remember it is all right to cry.
  • Schedule time for fun. Laughter dissolves tension.
  • Seek professional help with overwhelming hard to solve problems.
  • Take a few minutes of quiet time each day just for you to rejuvenate.
  • Talk with someone you trust, it can be the best medicine.
  • Try new experiences.
  • The strict avoidance of stimulants may be all that is necessary in some individuals. This includes substances such as:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have obsessive compulsive disorder and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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