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Hi, I have been suffering from OCD/anxiety for 5 years now. I am taking medication but have not tried CBT or any other therapies I had a few questions if you can help me.

1. My symptoms started when I was in my adolescence and the trigger was a horror video game I don’t know if that would have caused the anxiety, depression and OCD to continue but I am very fearful of that game and everything related to it so can one horror game cause all of these symptoms which continue and would coming into contact with it cause worse symptoms?

2. I have associated phobias so say if i am feeling anxiety while doing something say watching a tv show the next time I would not watch that tv show as i believe that would cause it to come again. I begin fearing its mention image or word and have to do a ritual to make it stop affecting me is it normal?

3. Would I benefit from CBT or exposure therapy?

Thank you so much for your help.

OCD and Anxiety

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I think your insights are good ones. I don’t think exposure therapy would be the way to go because of the success CBT shows in comparison. All of your hypotheses are viable, and a good CBT therapist should help. The find help tab can help you find somebody qualified in your country. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has tremendous value because it will help you deal with the symptoms of thought, which are viewed as the problem itself.

Here’s a link to more information on CBT.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

OCD and Anxiety

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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