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Hello and thank you for your question. I am very sorry that you have been struggling with Harm OCD, I can understand how distressing this can be for you. I am not sure why you were prescribed Latuda on its own as that is an atypical antipsychotic medication and is not considered a primary medication to treat any type of OCD disorder. You can see on this link how Latuda is not considered a first line treatment for OCD.
Now I am not saying Latuda cannot be used, but usually it is as an augment to a primary medication. You want to either go back to your psychiatrist or find a different one and be put on a SSRI antidepressant like Luvox, Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa, or Paxil as these are considered excellent first round medications to treat all forms of OCD, including Harm OCD. Latuda can be used as an augment, but should not be used as a primary medication. In addition, other medications that have shown greater effectiveness of treating Harm OCD would be Anafranil, Lamictal, and Remeron. Now the medications will probably have to take around 4-6 weeks to be effective as it takes time for the medications to circulate in your system, so you cannot expect results right away. Your doctor can prescribe a Benzodiazepine to lessen your anxiety and stress, which are common triggers of OCD behavior, and a Benzodiazepine like Xanax, Klonopin, or Ativan will start to lessen your anxiety and stress within 30-60 minutes.
In addition to any medications, you need to be in a dual form of therapy with a psychologist called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) as the medications only treat the symptoms, not the core causes of your disorder.
So please consider going back to your psychiatrist or trying a different psychiatrist to get on a more effective regimen of medications and therapy to help treat and "cure" this disorder.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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