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Can OCD and general anxiety disorder be controlled/ cured by Cognitive behavioral therapy ?
Thank you for your help in all questions you have answered….great service. I am 27 y/o and got out of the Air Force in 2010 after about 5 years. I loved the Air Force and the only reason I got out was to get a nursing degree and come right back in as an officer. I do not plan on reapplying to get back in to the Air Force until 2014 or 2015 after graduation. Unfortunately, when I got out in 2010 I had adjustment problems readjusting back to civilXXXXX XXXXXfe. I had depression and Obsessions about being a perfectionist ( the military taught me how to be a perfectionist and expected it). I hadn’t had any type of OCD symptoms or depression or been on medicine since I was 8 years old (I was diagnosed as a child, but eventually grew out of my rituals of hand washing and order).
I was suffering inside with depression, OCD, and adjusting, but I did not want to reach out to my local VA hospital (Veterans Affairs Hospital) because I didn’t want a paper trail of mental health issues since the military can see this since it is a VA hospital, I cannot hide it. I finally decided to make an appointment with mental health at the VA and saw a psychiatrist a few times and diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder in addition to already having my OCD reappear. My family doctor put me on 20 mg of Prozac at my request and Wellbutrin.
The military will not take me back without a mental health waiver and I cannot have been on medication for 12 months.
Here is my plan as well as my question. I have been working with my family psychiatrist on Cognitive behavioral therapy and have never tried this before. It is succeeding, but I have chosen to stay on meds since it helps in addition to CBT, but I need to get back to where I am not on any meds and I am confident I can do this with CBT. After this happens I want my doctor to write me a note showing that I have been able to function fine without medications. And am fit for military duty (I was off meds for 15 years before I went back on them). Is this a good plan? Any other suggestions?