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11 Jul 2005

OCD & Smoking
Hi Doc,

I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have a fear of contamination. Does smoking have any effect on this condition, as I have seen some major improvement since I stopped smoking for over a week now?

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

What an intersting observation, Des ! I haven't heard of such a specific association, but then it requires someone with good observation skills, like you, to notice a possible association, and then others to check it out to see if it is indeed a common correlation. We know of course that stopping smoking is always a healthy thing to do. Have you done this through sheer willpower --- or perhaps by using a medication. Some, such as Zyban, which some might use to help stop smoking, could have other effects which might indeed also help OCD, as many antidepressants related to Zyban do indeed help OCD.
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