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      Should you really go to a medical professional to be diagnosed with OCD? I googled ‘Ocd diagnosis’ to get a rough idea of if I have OCD or not and found lots of useful stuff. I don’t believe it takes a medical professional to diagnose it, and sometimes my gp won’t tell me the truth about things anyway. I think if I just search on ‘OCD’ or ‘Obsessive compulsive disorder’ treatment, I can find enough stuff to help me. There’s a lot of detail about diagnosing and treating OCD on the internet, so why go to a doctor?


        I think that is a fair question. I think you may be able to self diagnose, and doctors can get it wrong, but it’s not a bad idea to get a confirmation. You won’t get access to ssris without having the doctor on board, but if you don’t want drugs….its up to you. No-one has the right to force you.

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