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Old 10-18-2007, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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Hi,

Does anyone else here have OCD or think you have OCD?
Are there any actual medications for it? I must have OCD along with my depression I don't know what else it could be.

Hi Autumn! I am a nurse, the mother of a young adult who has dealt with depression, anxiety and OCD and I was married for 17 years to a man who had mental health issues. I myself have dealt with anxiety and panic attacks. Green Machine is right about difficulty focusing so I am going to give you very concrete instructions. 1) Go to your family physician or an MD that you are comfortable with. 2) be honest about your concerns and ask for a referral to a psychiatrist-not psychologist. Get medication. It is not a sign of weakness to be on meds. A person with diabetes does not think themselves weak because they need insulin.It is the same with brain chemistry. 3) If you are a spiritual person seek a counselor who shares your religious beliefs. If that is the psychiatrist great, if not see someone in addition to the shrink. 4) I will check often to see your latest post. let us know how you are doing. Do not be afraid-everything will be OK!
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:53 PM
 
Location: AZ
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DaSkorpion, Thanks.
Sorry to hear that.


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My ex-girlfriend had OCD and she used to see a specialist ..... it was mostly due to what she went through growing up....she used to wake up in the middle of the night talking and stuff...which pretty much after a while scared the heck out of me but we are still friends though and I still get those 2am - 5am calls about some people trying to kill her and others talking behind her back. Not sure if its all related to OCD but them two years we were together wore me out.

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:19 PM
 
Location: AZ
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mw555,

Thanks for your concern, reading your post made me start to cry.
I'm sorry that you sorta do the same thing in a way.
This has been going on for 5 or 6 years, I think it's been that long.
It's gotten way worse in the last year or two, it's crazy.
It's so bad that it doesn't seem worth living for- that and the depression, death seriously seems like a much better option.
I brush my teeth twice a day and it takes me atleast an hour each time it's completely awful, flossing takes me forever too. I don't wish it on anyone.
I don't do anything else- well sometimes I wash my hands alot but I don't that has gotten out of control- I don't have sores on my hands.
I do feel it does seem to somehow be a sense of control over my life.
I don't know how I got into this mess but it really sucks, it's like your worst nightmare.


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Autumn,

It's interesting you say that, because I kind of do the same thing. At night, I brush my teeth for about 10 minutes, not always though. It's kind of like once I get started I can't stop, I mull over each tooth. I just want to make sure they all get clean. So I can kind of understand the 'need' to keep brushing, I don't have OCD though. But I am weird about my teeth brushing. How often are you brushing your teeth and for how long? Do you have any other symptoms of OCD? I wouldn't so harsh as to put the label on yourself, unless you are absolutely sure. Is it a new thing? I think a lot of other symptoms can manifest out of depression. Maybe you do it for a sense of control over your life? I know you don't have insurance, but you owe it to yourself to see someone; someone who can help you. I have been depressed before, I know how awful it can feel. I'm not saying I know exactly how you feel, but I think I can relate, and a lot of others can as well. You have been depressed for years, right? Pleease, help yourself. You need to do something. Borrow the money, see if you can find a doctor who will work with you. Call around, they can refer you to someone. Don't give up on help, just because you don't have insurance. Money is just money; you are worth more than money. I don't know if I've helped at all or not, but I will come back later to see how you're doing. Think positive and be good to yourself.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:21 PM
 
Location: AZ
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bizymudda,

Thank you for your concern.


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Hi Autumn! I am a nurse, the mother of a young adult who has dealt with depression, anxiety and OCD and I was married for 17 years to a man who had mental health issues. I myself have dealt with anxiety and panic attacks. Green Machine is right about difficulty focusing so I am going to give you very concrete instructions. 1) Go to your family physician or an MD that you are comfortable with. 2) be honest about your concerns and ask for a referral to a psychiatrist-not psychologist. Get medication. It is not a sign of weakness to be on meds. A person with diabetes does not think themselves weak because they need insulin.It is the same with brain chemistry. 3) If you are a spiritual person seek a counselor who shares your religious beliefs. If that is the psychiatrist great, if not see someone in addition to the shrink. 4) I will check often to see your latest post. let us know how you are doing. Do not be afraid-everything will be OK!
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:44 PM
 
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SaveMtns,

Thanks. Yes, OCD is different from depression but I have heard that they can go hand in hand. I have depression also.
Is your friend on two medications? One for OCD and one for Depression?
Zoloft and Lexapro didn't work at all for me with depression.
I don't have insurance right now so I cant go see a doctor.
Autumn - I pm'd you...
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:47 AM
 
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Don't give up on finding therapy, Autumn07, due to no insurance. There are places that will offer help with sliding scale fee. Look at your community clinics in the area. Also check out the colleges/universities which offer a psych or counseling program. Sometimes they will have interns who counsel for free, something to consider until you can obtain some type of insurance.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Back home to Northern CA
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Hi,

Does anyone else here have OCD or think you have OCD?
Are there any actual medications for it? I must have OCD along with my depression I don't know what else it could be.

Hi Autumn,

OCD and depression does go hand in hand in a lot of cases and can also stem from anxiety which also goes with depression. People don't necessarily have to be chronically depressed to have symptoms of OCD but it can also appear at some point in a person's life in episodes. Sometimes an illness or stressful situation can trigger it or fear of becoming ill or someone close to you becoming ill.

I have struggled with it in the past with germs. I use to constantly wash my hands and make sure everything in my house was disinfected. I carried it too far for a while...it took the joy out of life. I use to be afraid to sit in public places especially if the seats looked grungy and if I did I would have to change into clean clothes immediately after going home. Sometimes it's hard to explain those irrational thoughts that cause us to repeat a behavior over and over to relieve our anxiety. Having young children helped me get over the freaking out over germs OCD since they put everything in their little mouths as lilypad mentioned medicine alone isn't always the answer but finding the right counselor and support group can help tremendously.

I don't know if this will make any sense or not but if we obssess over a certain thought over and over until it causes anxiety which in a lot of cases we are not even aware of the anxiety then we develop a behavior that we repeat over and over or obsessively to help aleviate the anxiety. That's where cognitive behavioral therapy helps. It is a type of therapy that focuses on the specific needs of a depressed individual. It attempts to help the individual determine what action or change in behavior they should take to effect a cure for the disorder. An example of a treatment would be called exposure and response prevention where the person with OCD would be exposed to a situation that is the focus of the obsession and then is assisted in avoiding the usual ritual. In your case with tooth brushing that is a ritual we can't avoid because it is necessary for healthy teeth. But if it's carried too far and only you would know that then it can become a problem-overbrushing can be harsh on the gums and tooth enamel. I had a cousin whose dentist told her that her gums were receding due to overbrushing.

Maybe you can set a timer for yourself when brushing and when it dings you're done and no need to brush again until bedtime. I know OCD can be very difficult to overcome on your own. Therapy along with medications have proved effective and sometimes therapy alone if the case is not severe.
I hope you can get the help you need or find a counselor or support group that can give you the help you need to get through this. Post back or DM if you have questions or need support or just to talk. There's a lot of nice helpful people on this forum.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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Default Ocd

As a child I also had the "hand washing" compulsion. It kinda played itself out in time, but even as an adult sometimes I obsess over things in such a way that could probably be considered "borderline" OCD or mild OCD.

So at the very least, autumn, be assured that this malady is probably more common than you think.

There's a lot of info online about it if you wish to google it. The same meds used to treat depression are the ones used to treat OCD. It's my understanding, though, that it generally takes longer for it to be effective against OBD.

There is a good book, autumn, on OCD that I read awhile back that is called Brain Lock: Free Yourself From Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Schwartz and Beyette. Had some insight I thought. It can be ordered on amazon.com It talked about some practical ways to treat OCD without formal counseling or meds. You might check it out.

Last edited by kaykay; 10-19-2007 at 12:54 PM.. Reason: Bad typing!
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:14 PM
 
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The explanations above about OCD were very good. Bottom line - OCD stems from anxiety. The teeth-brushing helps to alleviate that anxiety.

A good therapist will help you uncover that anxiety. Once that is dealt with, the OCD may gradually disappear. I worked in a psych hospital for several years and had many patients with OCD.
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:38 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Thank you everybody.
I appreciate everyone trying to help me, you guys are sweet
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