(Closed) Does anyone else have OCD?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t but my DH does.  I really think he should see an OCD specialist about it to either control it or get meds for it.  He knows he has it, too but is too stubborn or maybe lazy to go see someone about it.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t, but my brother has it.  He takes meds, and the difference is night and day.  While I don’t know how you feel personally as a sufferer, I can say how much it hurt watching my brother compulsively having to repeat actions over and over, and what a relief it is to see him living a “normal” life now.  While he is still a clean freak, and he still becomes slightly anxious if things are out of order, he can cope with it much better now.  Honestly, medications are not the easy way out.  With OCD, it’s a disorder that takes over your life.  If medication helps, do it. 

And by the way, I totally agree with you about the “I’m so OCD” comments.  It drives me crazy, because it’s become such a popular thing to say, and it’s so, so inaccurate. 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper

My best friend and MOH has OCD and she has been taking a perscription for several years to control it and her anxious behaviours. She told me that all the other options (natural etc) just didn’t cut it and her OCD was affecting her life greatly. She did try therapy as well.
 

@Shosha1: I think we have equated being OCD with being a perfectionist. I am a true perfectionist through and through, but people often call me OCD which I am not. While it doesn’t bother me as I know the difference I would imagine those with the legitimate diagnosis probably get annoyed.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have OCD and I take fluvoxamine for it. This medicine has made a world of difference! I was officially diagnosed about 5 years ago and my doctor started me on Zoloft. Zoloft is an antidepressant and didn’t really control the anxious thoughts. I switched to Fluvoxamine and now I am perfectly fine. The OCD was really hard to deal with and it was pretty hard to concentrate and function. I was miserable. It took the medicine a couple months to fully work but once it did things started looking up. I’m so happy to say that I feel great now. I also have PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and during the week or two before my period the OCD emerges a little but nothing I can’t handle. 🙂

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I have never been clinically diagnosed, but someone that I am close to who has it once commented that she wouldn’t be surprised if I had it.

Honestly, I am terrified of going to a doctor, but I also can’t imagine living the rest of my life with this problem.  It’s awful, I hate it, and it affects my daily life in so many ways.  I’ve so wanted to get the nerve to go to a therapist, but I just feel weird about it.  I know they are professionals, but I just feel so weirded out by the thought of just spilling my thoughts about all the weird, obsessive, borderline neurotic things that I do/think….all so something bad won’t happen.

I honestly had no idea you could take medicine for it.  I really hope one of these days I’ll get the nerve to go to a doctor.  I hate the idea of having to be medicated for something, but I hate the thought even more of living with this with no help for the rest of my life 🙁   

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I do, I have an obsession for locks and electrical switches. I check them before I go to bed or leave the house and often get out of bed and check them all again. I leave the house and bang the door handle about 5 times, get off the doorstep and get back on and do it again.

I also have dermatillomania which is a form of OCD where you get obsessive about skin picking.

I used to take citalopram for other anxiety problems and my skin picking was actually worse.

But its worth a try cause everyone is different!

Out of therapy, I would say CBT Cognitive behaviour therapy worked best for me,and you can do online courses and stuff, to avoid actually going to therapy.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Have you looked at the International OCD Foundation’s website?

http://www.ocfoundation.org/

They have list of specialists and support groups for different states and countries…plus general info.  Medication has worked for me, but I also had several years of therapy when I first realized I had OCD.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I do. Like @beebee89 I was put on Zoloft at first and it made me feel numb and didn’t help my actual problem all that much. (I have a specific form like beebee89’s, though not exactly the same). I tried something else at one point, though I can’t remember the name of it. Right now, I have been off medications completely for almost two years.

I will say that the medication helped me to learn which ways I didn’t want to deal with my issues. I have a degree in Psychology, which helped me explore different types of behavioral therapy. I have sort of just used that knowledge to help me remain off of any medication and control it myself. It’s hard. I have my days and my weeks even. But to me (as this is about my opinion) the side effects of the medication just weren’t worth it anymore. I will admit though that they helped before I knew how to handle it myself. It has been a process for me.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I do.  I’m not on medication, but probably should be.  I get anxious at the thought of my future self not caring about germs and touching door handles and stuff, or not doing all the rituals I’ve grown accustomed to doing…so the thought of being on meds and getting better is scary to me.  OCD affects my life big time, but I also can’t imagine life without it.  

 

I can’t stand when people use the “I’m so OCD” phrase, either.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

yes-and I am medicated. Rituals and germs get me. Meds have been a life saver for me. If this is interfering with you life, please see someone. It CAN get better! <3

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My brother has it, but part of his illness has him freaking out about taking meds. He won’t take anything. I feel like if it helps you, then do it! I don’t feel like it’s an easy way out at all, it will help you a lot in life.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I too was VERY hesitant about taking meds, but here is how I look at it now…If I had a heart problem I would take heart medication. If I had high blood pressure I would take blood pressure medicine. My brain is just another organ in my body and there is nothing wrong with taking medicine to balance it out, too.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do. It sucks. I’m an “orderer” I have to arrange things every day to function. It effects my daily life too much for my taste. I was 2 hours late for work one time just so that I could rearrange my living room and put my books in order of publish dates. (two months before that it was alphabetical) It’s very crushing.

I also hate when people say, “OMG I’m so OCD about these [insert whatever task they are doing] and I just want to smack them!

I have been in the fetal position on the floor in the middle of a full blown panic attack about my canned food products not being in the order that I left them when I went to work.

I use to take Zoloft, but I felt like a zombie on it. I switched to Anafranil and then finally to Luvox. I like it. Therapy is a must. There is no point in popping pills if you don’t want to understand your condition. I use to go to therapy 4 times a week. It use to be so bad. Now I only go every Saturday.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have OCD, but am not medicated. No real reason–I just never wanted to deal with the whole psychiatry thing, and I tend to get the worst possible side effects for pretty much everything. I was prescribed Zoloft in high school, but never took it. I did talk therapy, which definitely helped. It sucks that you can’t afford it. I wish I could do some booster sessions right about now, but my insurance doesn’t cover it and I definitely can’t afford it. (Going to the free therapist in college = best decision ever.)

I don’t know anyone else who has it (aside from my father, but he’s in denial–he keeps insisting he has Asperger’s, not OCD/PTSD, but won’t go to a therapist, even though his insurance does cover it) and I don’t know anyone with OCD who’s medicated. I would recommend giving it a shot, though. It’s so tyrannical to live with, and any relief you can get from meds would be a good thing. You can start talk therapy later if you get the money, but medication could make life NOW better.

But, but, but: if the meds don’t seem to help, and/or you have a psychiatrist you don’t like or who doesn’t seem to be listening when you talk about the side effects, SWITCH SHRINKS. If your GP is prescribing, make sure you read up on the drug or drugs. GPs often have minimal psych training at best, and you may very well know more than they do about side effects or drug interactions. Also, your pharmacist can be a great resource–they do nothing but drugs all day, so they can have good thoughts on them. (Be careful, though. If you ask, “Can this drug cause X?” or “Can I take this drug with Y?” and they hem and haw instead of answering right away, they probably don’t know enough to be helpful.)

I say all this as somebody with OCD (repetitive, intrusive, irrational thoughts of death are my main thing, and they suck, and talk therapy helped, a lot, with that and with the trichotillomania), a master’s degree in psychology with a special interest in behavioral neuroscience (did my concentration in it), who’s just beginning the process of med school applications. So. Take it for what it’s worth–I’m not an expert, but I’m not a complete layperson, either.

And, just as a side note, exercise can be really helpful with mood stabilization. It acts through indirect blood-glucose related pathways to increase positive mood and decrease mood lability. If you don’t have a regular workout, I would STRONGLY suggest developing a reasonable one with cardio exercise. I would NOT recommend it in place of meds, but in addition to.

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