Diagnosed vs un-diagnosed?

12 August 2019 - 21:25

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After struggling in silence for many years, I finally decided to get help with my OCD. After a six-week wait, today was my OCD meeting at an iCope service. The therapist agrees that I have OCD, and (once I receive her letter with the recommendation for treatment) I'll join the wait-list for treatment (around eight months),

During the meeting, the therapist mentioned that they don't diagnose at that service, they only advise what it is likely to be an offer the CBT/ERP treatment for those who are suffering with OCD symptoms.

As I'm new to this, does anyone have any advice on whether or not it's important to get diagnosed by a GP, and (if yes), what the meeting/process is like? Funnily enough, it's something I'm obsessing about. 

Thanks in advance!

This post has been thanked 1 time. 14 August 2019 - 13:57

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To be honest I think it is important to have a diagnosis for a few reasons. Im in my last year of studies and I get disability support from the university (something I couldnt do if I hadnt a diagnosis) you wouldnt be able to get support and stuff like that without it. If you drive you should inform your insurance and driving license people that you have OCD aswell. It took months for my license to come through needing assessments done etc. It wouldnt be GP, they would refer to specialist.

Its good that you are getting the support you need hopefully things get better for you soon

14 August 2019 - 18:07

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weeman, what's the point of notifying them about your drivers license ?Ljj, this website should have that info off the front page.

 

17 August 2019 - 2:27

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In the UK you must inform driving license and insurance of any medication or mental health illness. Insurance company will never pay out if you on medication that you havent told them about. Gov.uk have list of mental health disorders and if you can drive or not and what needs declared

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Crickey , I'm glad we don't have that in US.

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