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The word vacation implies a time where one can feel free, relax and be out of worries away from the city, school or work. On the other hand, others find the planning for vacation, the budget as well as the travel, very stressful. This has been the reason why some OCD patients are not recommended to have their vacation. Some patients may find relief in their obsessions and compulsions in the midst of their vacation. On the other hand, others find distress in it including on how they are to adjust with the environment which in one way or another may worsen their symptoms and condition.

There are some tips that health specialists recommend so that patients may enjoy their vacation without worrying for their obsessive and compulsive symptoms. First and foremost, before having or planning for a vacation, patients must first consult their attending physician on whether their condition is suited for a trip or vacation. There may be some reminders that doctors may give so that the symptoms may not be worsen or may not trigger which can ruin the relaxation of patients. Doctors will always tell the patients to be extra careful if they suffer from obsessions or compulsions like having the fear of being contaminated by dirt. This cannot be avoided on trips and get away.

If the symptoms experienced by the patients are on their high level, it is not recommended to have a vacation and rather continue the treatment they are going through. Also, if the patient has just started therapies or medication, it is not also preferable and recommended to go on an outing or any vacation. This can only worsen the symptoms experienced by the patient and destruct their ongoing therapies and or medication.

When patients insist to have a medication, it will be best if they will be accompanied by any family member, relatives, friends or anyone whom they are comfortable with. They must check the patient from time to time and be equipped with first aid materials in case of emergency. Patients must bring with them their necessities which include their medicines. They must be stress-free during the whole vacation because this is the very purpose of having one. Alcoholic beverages must also be avoided. They can affect the sleeping habits of the patient which in turn may also affect their obsessions and compulsions considering that they are in a new environment and new group of individuals.


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