Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/OCD

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snickersmom
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   Posted 1/24/2006 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't found a thread about this particular topic so, being an OCD survivor, I thought I would start one.
 
Today happens to be my 36th birthday and it was around this time about 3 years ago that I was officially diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD. I felt scared and alone but through research, therapy, medication and the like I have managed my OCD successfully.
 
However, there are times when it would be nice to talk with others who have also been diagnosed with OCD. I would like this thread to be a support resource for all of us...a place where we can all talk about our condition and feel supported.
 
So...let me hear from you.

punky
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   Posted 1/24/2006 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Since no one has answered you, I will.  I sometimes wonder if I didn't have a bit of OCD.  Especially when I am deeply depressed. 

I am one that when I live alone, I have to make sure the pillows on the couch are just right, the fringe on the carpets are groomed, etc..  I have somewhat let go of the urges, but usually during PMS it comes back......watch out world, I am coming with my Comet cleaner and toothpick to get every crevis in the  house. However, with my meds, and added years, I've slowed down some. But, I still think about it.

When I did live alone--20some years ago--I would actually consider sleeping on the couch because my bed was made just perfectly.  I think I come from this naturally because my great grandmother ran a bording house and everything had to be just perfect.  My grandmother did the same. Her house was always PERFECT.... I could go on,,,,,,,

welcome to HW-Punky


paper
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   Posted 1/25/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Snickersmom, Happy Birthday (belated!) I have this thing about germs and washing hands. One of the things that makes me bananas is if someone tries to wash their hands in my kitchen sink. I don't know what is on their hands (dog poop, for instance, or if they scratched themselves) and I don't want those germs in the sink where my dishes are washed. I almost started crying and yelled at my grown daughter last week b/c she went to the k sink to wash her hands after handling a puppy. My son makes fun of me and tries to sneak to the k sink to wash his hands. I can't help it. I won't dry my mouth after brushing my teeth on a towel that someone else has used. Tonight I actually told my grandson (who had helped his papa clean the puppy pen) to give me a hug bye but "don't touch me with your hands, you haven't washed them" I couldn't help myself and then when the child hugged me he held his hands away from me. Grrrrrr. Why did I do that? I'm ashamed of myself.

snickersmom
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   Posted 1/26/2006 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you everyone for the lovely birthday wishes. I had a good day so I'm thankful for that.

I hope everyone is having bright days and smiling a lot. I know talking about OCD helps and just knowing there are others out there makes me feel less isolated and lonely.


Ceres
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   Posted 1/26/2006 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Let me also say that when I was deeply depressed and not on medication, I also had OCD. It got much better after going on Prozac. If I even miss a few days, it returns.

:-) :-)

greyhound
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   Posted 1/29/2006 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with OCD over 20 years ago. My family offers no support at all, as they think it's all in my head. My husband is pretty good most of the time, but he's bi-polar, so we are quite the couple.

We could email each other if you like. Just let me know.

God bless,
Lene'
greyhound@se.rr.com

snickersmom
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   Posted 1/30/2006 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
greyhound said...
I was diagnosed with OCD over 20 years ago. My family offers no support at all, as they think it's all in my head. My husband is pretty good most of the time, but he's bi-polar, so we are quite the couple.

We could email each other if you like. Just let me know.

God bless,
Lene'
greyhound@se.rr.com
I'm so sorry your family is not supportive. Please keep coming here and talking. Everyone needs a place in this world where someone will tell you that it's not all in your head.
You could also tell your family that yes, technically, it is all in your head and that's exactly the problem! :-) There's no way for it to get out of your head on it's own.
I really do hope you'll continue to come and talk with us and that we will pick up more people along the way.
I am going to make a very scary leap and come off my Zoloft. I have just gained too much weight to continue on it. I'm very scared that my thoughts will come back but I have to remember that they are just thoughts...they can't hurt me and it's not me...it's the OCD!

tysmyboo
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   Posted 2/2/2006 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

I have OCD....its under control for the most part, but i have been without medication (no insurance) so depression and OCD are creeping up.

I sometimes have to drive back home to make sure the iron is off, the doors are locked and the garage is closed...frustrating...I run an apt community and always feel like I forgot to set the alarm to the office or lock the door, or maybe that I lost keys somewhere...

I am a bit germ-o-phobic...lol always want to wash my hands and don't want people too much in "my bubble"

I have just found that some days are better than others...

Wish i personally knew someone who feels the same way.

Sara

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Laurana75
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   Posted 2/3/2006 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have OCD. In my case, it's Skin Picking or how about the "fancy title" of Neurotic Excoriation? lol Even my current therapist had to look that one up! hehe. So, you are certainly not alone. I am 30 this yr, but I was first diagnosed in 2001. I knew long before that, that I had a "problem" I just had no idea what it was, what the cause, or if it meant I was completely insane lol. I took Zoloft in high doses as per psychiatrist from 2001-2004, when it seemed to poop out on me. Anxiety I'm told is a huge part of OCD, and they are all "related" says my therapist. I don't know. I just remember thinking at one point.. so I have OCD, AD/Agoraphobia AND depression?! Good grief.. maybe I'm just falling apart lol. Doc tells me though, that these are all disorders of the same family (save perhaps the depression, don't know) and that he often sees combinations thereof. I hope you are progressing well!
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