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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/13/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
First off I would like to say that I am new here and I am in need of a little assistance. I was diagnosed with OCD when I was in the 2nd grade (17 now) and have been on various antidepressants ever since.

One night, somewhere around the middle of March I tried to go to sleep. When I did, I began getting Intrusive thoughts. Random images would pop in my mind, songs would get stuck in my head, etc... I found that sleeping with the TV helps with this. about a week later, the Intrusive Thoughts got worse. My mind was racing, random words or phrases would pop in my head, sometimes in different voices or tones. At first I thought I was going Schizophrenic, which caused a great deal of stress, but then I realized they only happened when I thought about them. I will do various things that would get my mind off of them, such as watching TV, Listening to talk radio, playing video games, being active, etc.. I told my Psychaitrist whom ive been seeing since I was in the 3rd grade (Im 17 now) and he didnt think much of it. He first thought it was a caffeine overdose (which we later found out it wasnt). He changed my medication from 50 mg of Prozac, to 100 mg of Zoloft, which he later bumped up to 150 mg. I have on and off periods, can vary from hours or days. Such as today when I woke up I felt bad and had anxiety. Then my Mother (whom also has OCD) told me it was normal with OCD and I felt much better. Later today, the anxiety and intrusive thoughts came back and I felt pretty bad. Then I read some posts here and now I feel a little better. My BIGGEST fear is if I am crazy or that I will go crazy.

Could I have another disorder such as Bipolar?
Could It be the Zoloft making it worse?
Could I be going crazy?
Should I seek therapy?

Thank you very much in advance

Sorry about how long this post is. rolleyes

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 1683
   Posted 7/14/2009 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi and welcome to HealingWell.

I am so sorry you are going through this, especially at your age. I was also diagnosed very early on in life (first panic attack at 10, medication & therapy since 14.)

You asked if you need therapy- it couldnt hurt to discuss  these feelings with a professional and get a proper answer, so in turn, you can get some relief from the intrusive thoughts that are bugging you. I am mildy OCD and Ive noticed it takes my mind a very long time to calm down and unwind. I think constantly, over analyse things and stress myself even more.

You are not going crazy. The symptoms you have mentioned are all a part of anxiety, which is very real, but very treatable. I dont know if the Zoloft would make it worse: im also on 150mgs of Zoloft also, in combination with Xanax.

Please stay with us here and keep us posted. Hope we can help you. You are NOT alone!

Maz XX

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/14/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much mazfire! My psychaitrist recommended that I should bump up my dosage to 200mg, so I think I will try that and see how that helps.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope the med bump up helps you to feel better. By the way, welcome to Healingwell!!

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New Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/16/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Increasing the Zoloft tonight. Hope this works!

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/17/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
It took a while, but I think the 200mg is kicking in, finally. My anxiety is still there, but it isnt as frequent or as disabling as it was. My psychaitrist said I have nothing to worry about and it's just OCD. I have a therapy appointment on the 20th. Thanks for the support, everyone!

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 8/17/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
However, I've been feeling a lot more tired, but I'll take sleepiness over anxiety anyday.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/18/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning.  I am so glad to hear you have an appointment with a therapist for the 20th.  I think you are taking all the right steps to deal with your problems.
The groggy-like side effects should  wear off eventually.
I feel like your Mom is your mentor and support system.  Having a good support system in your life is awesome.
Please know we are all here for you and we care.  You are like family here at HealingWell.
Gentle Hugs


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