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outsider
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   Posted 3/11/2008 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I have had varying levels of ocd throughout my life, and this has caused a good deal of depression.  As an adult, my main problem concerning ocd has been feeling dirty all of the time and not wanting to touch anything for fear of contaminating everything else.  It makes it hard to have a job and seemingly impossible to have a relationship.
 
I was wondering if anyone here has any suggestions about therapies or medicines that they believe has helped people with my kind of ocd.  I am taking zoloft (150 for three months) from my family physician, but it hasn't helped any.  My doctor suggested a psychiatrist and I have heard about behavior therapy; however, the exposure aspect of it seems very scary to me, and all the different medications seem very confusing to me.  Of course, it's also all rather expensive.  Any thoughts?
 
Thanks either way.
I also wanted to say that this forum seems to have alot of great considerate people contributing to it. 

ShynSassy
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   Posted 3/11/2008 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Outsider

First of all welcome to the forum, we have alot of caring people here.

I myself am not familiar with Ocd,but I know there are alot of members here that are.

Hopefully they respond soon.
Shy


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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/11/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there Outsider,

I know a little about OCD and how disabling it can be for people. OCD regarding the fear of contamination is a very common one so please dont feel that you are alone with this. With regards to a therapy, I would talk to your doctor about Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is a therapy that (in essence) re-trains your brain to think about things in a different way. Exposure would inevitably be part of most therapies for your problem and I understand that you see them as scary at the moment. But your therapist wont push you further than you can manage. By the time you get to exposure, you will be better prepared. It will still seem scary but not as bad as it does now. (Does that make sense?!) As for meds, I cant help im afraid.

Please keep talking to us.

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outsider
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   Posted 3/11/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks alot for the responses.  I appreciate it.

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   Posted 3/12/2008 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Keep us updated on how you are doing outsider,we will be here for you as much as we can.
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   Posted 3/12/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Outsider,

It feels funny calling you outsider, because to us you are not an outsider. Maybe I will call you Side.

I have obsessive thinking patterns. I don't actually have actual ocd. Not like your'e suffering with. But I do take a medication for ocd and it is called abilify. I also take risperdol as needed. The risperdol can cause weight gain at a high dose so that is why I don't take it unless I need it really bad. But you could ask your doctor if abilify will help you. I am not sure if it will but it is a thought.

I have learned different ways to change thinking patterns and am willing to share if you are interested. Though you may need a different approach. I do think that you need therapy if this is causing that much difficulty for you. But that is my opinion.

I wish that I could be more help to you. Have you looked for any literature on this? I think it would be good to try to find some self help books.

Hugs, Karen
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outsider
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   Posted 3/13/2008 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, and I am sorry about the ‘outsider’ thing; it’s just the way that I often feel.  My name is Stephen.

 

I researched some information about the medicines that you mentioned, but I don’t thing that these are really for me.  I am currently considering speaking to a psychiatrist about other medicines.  I probably should go to the behavior therapy clinic at the university hospital that I visited a few years ago, but the exposure part still scares me a lot and I also hate to let people down.  I worry that I will fail and it will look, to my family, like I just didn’t really try.  It seems like OCD is in that big gray area between ‘will power’ and ‘chemical control’ that is hard to define or explain to others.  It seems that feelings are much stronger than the mind, or rational knowledge.  And if we try to deny it, then the feeling will just sneak around and surprise us in some other way.  Maybe I will eventually get up the courage to try the behavior program.  I’m getting old and I’ve been in this rut for a long time; it is getting difficult to imagine being any other way, but maybe.

 

Anyway, thanks again.  Stephen.

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   Posted 3/13/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stephen,

I think there will come a time when you will be able to seek professional help. When the ocd starts to really interfere with your life, I believe that you will see somebody.

In the meantime, keep posting, we are here for you.

hugs, Karen
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