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stkitt
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   Posted 9/12/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
OCD, I moved your post to your own thread.
 
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hey everyone,
i was diagnosed with ocd and pd a few months ago. The first obsessions was typical HOCD "how do i know if im gay", then i was was worried about becoming some homicidal maniac, and the newest and most disorienting is "how do i know im not crazy". Ive gotten to the point where im walking around all day "stoned" and confused asking myself stuff like "how do you know here is a tree there, what is you were psychotic and were just imagining that there was a tree there." If you cant tell this is the kind of thinking that never reaches an end. At first it would spiral into a panic attack but now its gets me really confused, distracted, and disoriented and i go through this exhausting process of trying to rationalize that im not psychotic and just dont know it. Im wondering if anyone has gone through this similar thought process. If so, what techniques have worked for you? Has anyone tried cbt for this? Im not really sure how to apply exposure therapy to this thought since it is kind of an internal thing. I appreciate all the help you can give.

thanks!

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stkitt
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   Posted 9/12/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello OCD and welcome to the A & P Forum. I am Kitt :)

Would you share a bit more information re your medications, history etc.  Is your medication making your feel out of it or "stoned" as you posted?

Lots of our members use  CBT and do excellent with it.  There are many threads with good information on the forum, so please take the time to read some as you may find some great input.

I will be waiting for  more from you.  I started  your own thread for you so everyone gets a chance to meet you?  yeah

Again welcome.


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Kitt
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ocd2010
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   Posted 9/12/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt. no problem. I started lexapro about 3 weeks ago. Im on 10mg, however im not sure if it is enough. I think it makes me a little out of it, but im not sure if it is the lex or just the process of getting metally exhausted. My ocd symptoms started when i graduated from college in June and then traveled alone in europe for 3 weeks. I think the stress from leaving school, transitioning to law school, and travelling alone brought this all on. Ive been seeing a therapist, but im not sure how effective he is being. He mostly just has me talking and practicing relaxation techniques. Im gonna see a psychiatrist next week to monitor the meds. Ive pretty much kicked the HOCD through the forced exposure therapy of being in school, but im not really sure how to apply it the the "what if im crazy and dont know it" obession. I can realize that it is slightly irrational and just not the kind of thing someone would ever really be able to verify, but regardless it still throws me into a panic and gets me disoriented. I find that socializing and other distraction techniques help, but im not really sure what I can do to not have the thought disorient me. Any suggestions you guys have is appreciated. take care.

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   Posted 9/13/2007 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome
I am severe OCD and I have started working thru it with self help techniques
I started CBT as well as forcing myself to stop doing some things I was doing like leaving a couple of dishes in sink .....not washing floor 10 times a day ect ect ......

Stick around there are many other OCD'ers........here and I am sure they will share there positive ways of dealing with this

You are not going crazy .......if you were you would never know it so be assured that you are going thru the battle of A/P and here we are like family so we will help you out as much as possible ......

Stay with us .................

Again Welcome support is the key

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mitcl74
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   Posted 9/14/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I have ocd - harming thoughts.  It sux!!  I did CBT and saw a therapist on a regular basis and it helped alot.  I never went on meds as that was one of my goals, but sometimes meds are needed.
 
I still have attacks and still feel upset by them, but once you have the proper tools to get you thru, it really helps.
 
Self help books are good too.  Brainlock is one of my favorites.  When I am in a rut, I usually grab for that and begin to read it again.
 
Good luck.
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