Anyone suffer with OCD along with bipolar?

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   Posted 5/31/2006 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone with advice about OCD with bipolar and how to deal.  Diagnosed 8 years now.  Really struggling.  If I could be of any help I would be willing.  I have lost my 5 year battle to not having to be on meds about 6 months ago.  Now on Lamictal, Dextrastat & Ativan.  Anyone also on the same cocktail?  Would love to talk.

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   Posted 6/1/2006 2:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I currenlty am Diagnosed bipolar but i was also was diagnosed with OCD long time ago just 1 of the 5 doctors beleaves i have OCD, who knows myabe i have it maybe not.

the sysmtums that i had for sometime are ecxesve eye movimnt or hand movement, and musle moverment which is syncronized toghether and i can't stop it at all , if i don't do it i will have irritation feelings so i end up doing it again and again. also if i walk the street and if the floor of the walking area was done in squares i would be obbsesed amd forced to land my feet in the middle, iit looks wierd for the peope who watch me.
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Post Edited (Akram) : 6/1/2006 3:44:11 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/1/2006 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Although, I can't offer much advice...I can commiserate. I am OCD and BP2. I've known about the OCD for a while but was just recently diagnosed with the BP. I told my pdoc just last night that I want to get the BP under control first. I can deal with all my quirks and stuff...but the anxiety/depression rollar coaster is intolerant and makes the OCD worse. I'd be happy to talk...just to let you know you're not alone.

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   Posted 7/1/2006 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melinda,
I have had ocd since I was twenty seven and was recently diagnosed with cyclothymia.
The ocd is insidious because I obsess over how I am feeling or doing emotionally. I have my compulsive behaviors down to a few and have done some cognitive therapy (which has been helpful) but depending on my mood my ocd is always there. I find stress to be a trigger to both problems and they play off each otherIt can be so challenging. Right now I am working on the areas within myself where I have real strenghths and trying not to be overwhelmed my my issues.
This week was difficult for me because I am moving to CA and have been busy. So mentally I tried to use 10 percent of my thinking to just knowing thay there are parts of me that are healthy and strong. Many things I think and feel are appropriate and very good. Maybe you can try framing your thinking in this way to have something positive to focus on. You are not alone. Deb

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   Posted 7/6/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes...I am super OCD. It sucks. Lists, counting, more counting, things typically have to be perfect or it's a nervous's not so fun.

I'm not on the same cocktail...I'm taking abilify and wellbutren but I'm still counting everything.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, shouldn't crazy be too?

Stay strong!!!


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   Posted 7/10/2006 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  Hey Busywoman,  I have clinical depression and have suffered from OCD from the age of 15 til around 38.  I was watching the tv show 20/20 and a women with OCD was discussing the book BRAIN LOCK, I read it and it changed my life I no longer have OCD and I am almost 45 yo.  I can't make any promises but it sure helped me and there are times when I will refer back to the book, it's very short and they sell it in the healingwell book store.  Good luck.
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