Can a GP diagnose OCD?

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Anyone know if a GP can diagnose OCD?

I've been to speak to them a while back but am unsure if I've been diagnosed or not. I'm due to speak to a doctor but am anxious for a response in the meantime.

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Anyone know if a GP can diagnose OCD?

I've been to speak to them a while back but am unsure if I've been diagnosed or not. I'm due to speak to a doctor but am anxious for a response in the meantime.

Thank you in advance.
I think for more specialist diagnoses, they tend to just say "seems suggestive of [insert disorder]" - I don't know if they're expressly not allowed to diagnose it though. You're well within your rights to ask if they have diagnosed you officially or not.
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Anyone know if a GP can diagnose OCD?

I've been to speak to them a while back but am unsure if I've been diagnosed or not. I'm due to speak to a doctor but am anxious for a response in the meantime.

Thank you in advance.
I think that most GPs would refer the patient to local mental health services for a specialist appraisal before saying for certain that this was the diagnosis.

https://www.ocduk.org/overcoming-ocd...rough-the-nhs/
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I think for more specialist diagnoses, they tend to just say "seems suggestive of [insert disorder]" - I don't know if they're expressly not allowed to diagnose it though. You're well within your rights to ask if they have diagnosed you officially or not.
If a mental health service says, "indicates anxiety" or rather "indicates OCD", does this count as an official diagnosis. Sorry if you don't know.
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If a mental health service says, "indicates anxiety" or rather "indicates OCD", does this count as an official diagnosis. Sorry if you don't know.
For certain MH diagnoses, they may call it a working diagnosis, but this typically isn't used in the context of OCD. For OCD the specialist (psychiatrist) can just diagnose it as such, based on an assessment. I'd personally say "indicates OCD" would mean they've officially diagnosed you, particularly as it's come from a MHS, but for your own peace of mind it's worth asking for clarification. If you have a Care Plan from a CMHT that lists your diagnoses that's another way of checking (it's how I keep up to date with my MH diagnoses).
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If a mental health service says, "indicates anxiety" or rather "indicates OCD", does this count as an official diagnosis. Sorry if you don't know.
What indicates anxiety/OCD? More context needed.
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What indicates anxiety/OCD? More context needed.
I had 21 sessions of CBT and at the end, the service provider sent my doctor (or whoever) a letter, saying that my time in therapy indicated that I had anxiety. I was wondering if them 'indicating' is them diagnosing me.
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I had 21 sessions of CBT and at the end, the service provider sent my doctor (or whoever) a letter, saying that my time in therapy indicated that I had anxiety. I was wondering if them 'indicating' is them diagnosing me.
pretty much, yeah
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pretty much, yeah
Right, ok. Have you any experience on either end of this field?
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Right, ok. Have you any experience on either end of this field?
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On which end? If you were diagnosed, how did you find out?
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On which end? If you were diagnosed, how did you find out?
Both. Was told my diagnosis - or rather I said I think I have X and Y and they agreed.
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Both. Was told my diagnosis - or rather I said I think I have X and Y and they agreed.
Were you told of your diagnosis directly (ie did you receive a letter or phone call etc...)?

When you said X and Y agreed, after you told them about your issues, who were X and Y?


Sorry for asking so many questions. Its just that my career choice after college rests entirely upon whether or not I've been officially diagnosed.
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Were you told of your diagnosis directly (ie did you receive a letter or phone call etc...)?

When you said X and Y agreed, after you told them about your issues, who were X and Y?


Sorry for asking so many questions. Its just that my career choice after college rests entirely upon whether or not I've been officially diagnosed.
The only way of knowing for you as an individual is if you ask your GP. What's your career choice? Most careers are relatively OK with MH issues.
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Were you told of your diagnosis directly (ie did you receive a letter or phone call etc...)?

When you said X and Y agreed, after you told them about your issues, who were X and Y?


Sorry for asking so many questions. Its just that my career choice after college rests entirely upon whether or not I've been officially diagnosed.
1) No, I did not receive any letters (have never had this happen with any diagnosis I've been given, it's always just been a doctor telling me; they would have sent a letter to my GP though)
2) X and Y were the diagnoses I thought I had (don't want to name them as it's not relevant); my GP and mental health team agreed
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1) No, I did not receive any letters (have never had this happen with any diagnosis I've been given, it's always just been a doctor telling me; they would have sent a letter to my GP though)
2) X and Y were the diagnoses I thought I had (don't want to name them as it's not relevant); my GP and mental health team agreed
I see. Thank you for your help mate. You've been a great help.
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The only way of knowing for you as an individual is if you ask your GP. What's your career choice? Most careers are relatively OK with MH issues.
I want to join the army. OCD will permanently disqualify me from joining. I have a phone call on Friday. Its a medical triage I think. I'm trying to arrange an appointment with a doctor, albeit its difficult on account of the pandemic.
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I want to join the army. OCD will permanently disqualify me from joining. I have a phone call on Friday. Its a medical triage I think. I'm trying to arrange an appointment with a doctor, albeit its difficult on account of the pandemic.
Hm, well, I hope you find out soon, officially or not. I've heard that some MH diagnoses require a period of recovery before the army will accept, so you might be able to get into the army anyway. I'm not super familiar with the ins and outs of it though.

Surnia is though (hope you don't mind the tag).
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Hm, well, I hope you find out soon, officially or not. I've heard that some MH diagnoses require a period of recovery before the army will accept, so you might be able to get into the army anyway. I'm not super familiar with the ins and outs of it though.

Surnia is though (hope you don't mind the tag).
Thank you mate. Can I ask, does your friend have experience of the joining the military with MH issues?
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I wouldn’t trust my GP to run my bath. Go and see a psychiatrist if you can.
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