Our expert says:
That's actually a complex question, Mandy. Most illnesses can change and develop differently over the years, or some features may emerge more obviously after time. And of course no one disorder provides immunity against others, so one might develop a new depressive or bipolar disorder afreshm on top of a long-standing OCD. And they're members of the same family of disorders and tend to respond to similar treatments.
In the last 15 years things have deeloped - the excellent counselling method Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, CBT, has emerged as an effective treatment for a range of conditions including OCD ( and can sometimes help to clear up the condition, such that one might not need to remain long-term on meds ) ; and there are newer antidepressants which might suit you better.
best see a good local psychiatrist for a re-assessment of diagnosis and treatment options for discussion
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