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Charity F
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   Posted 5/10/2007 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
hi ya all :*

Anyone here believe they have some OCD or symtoms?
I've had trichotillomania for many years: urge to pull hair one strand at a time. its so bizarre, I'm normal in every way except this secret, I keep well hidden. It began when I was about 12, I was abused as a child: I believe I did it to relieve the tension I had and also a predisposition? I still do it as an's more a habit now.I've heard it's classified as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because it has the "urge" part to pull. It's so embarrasing! I cover thinner hair areas well..I wish I could stop but can't.
I don't know I think maybe we all have some wierd habit, etc
It is my dream to stop one day
Gotta have Faith, faith

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   Posted 5/10/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - Welcome to Healing Well.

Many people here have OCD or OCD symptoms. I was abused as a child and still suffer with hygeine obsessiveness. I know what Im doing, but can't help it sometimes.
I have to listen to the rational part of me and think about what I am doing and why and then I manage to get through it.
I think some parts of your past always stay with you and OCD is something thats hard to beat but you can get better.

Have you seen a psychotherapist or take any meds to help you?

Victoria x

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Xx Sometimes we all have to go a little crazy just to stay sane xX

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   Posted 5/10/2007 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   

OCD is classes as an anxiety disorderand learning new ways of relaxing and calming yourself reduces the anxiety and the OCD

an antidepressant such as prozac sometimes helps

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional
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   Posted 5/10/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have OCD, though my meds keep it under control. Mines hand washing, raw meat and dog and cat poo, (meat related). Yes I eat meat, I think it's the hygiene issue.

Charity F
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   Posted 5/11/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and thank you to: Victoria, Hippie Girl, Harry-4, Aussie Eagle: : )
Wow! you are all so awesome! thank you thank you!!!! I never expected to get so much support; as you know a lot of people hide their "struggles" and pretend to be "so evolved" "I never have problems, I am so complete" : O no, but really I see a lot of this attitude in our world. It's so nice to be UNDERSTOOD--HEARD!
Yes, this is difficult. Sometimes Ive wondered ''would I be able to 'be me' if I somehow overcame this struggle?". I've had anxiety since childhood too. I have had panic attacks too. I have suffered with Whip lash disorders since last year and this has brought on a whole bunch of more issus: reactive disorder behaviors, PTSD, anxiety, etc. I can't believe this is my life now!! I have pain 24/7 am on all these meds and before all this I was FINE!
It's a rough road but so much easier when friends understand
Faith in healing, : )
"God is good"

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   Posted 5/11/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My Brother has full blown OCD, I mean it is really bad on him. He gets stuck saying or tapping or switching lights on and off and if he messes up he has to start all over again.

I am not sure if I have it or not, Or if it is just my anxiety. But I have to check things re check them and check things again. Like I will wake up in the middle of the night just to check on my kids. I check on them like 3-4 times a night.
I check the doors and and the locks like 5 times before bed.
But after seeing what my brother has been through I do feel for you all, Cause I know it is an urge you cant stop.

Good luck,

Charity F
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   Posted 5/13/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I went back and read your post again. I too was abused as a child. My father abused me sexually : (  It was strange because he never "abused me physically" but used me to wipe up his other needs. I am now 44 and have had to work so hard though my life to come to terms with what happened to me. It has such a profound effect on ones life. My siblings were not abused that same way. I have had a lot of pain accepting what happened. I developed OCD symptoms then too--to have an outletfor the anxiety. I have studied about how any type of stress, abuse and how it damages the brain(oranically as well). I had trouble with mathematics and just spatial stuff. I found that there are many studies that show the actual damage to the frontal cortex when kids are exposed to too much--- stress hormones overload their brain. it's sad...but I have finally came to terms that "IT IS NOT MY FAULT!"
we internalize it as our own shame, our own sin. Once I began to "seperate myself from my abuse" I learned to see myself differently..........of course this is just the first part of the healing proccess. I personally believe that NOTHING can take it away completely. I know God can help us heal through others........
I'm sorry for your pain. I hope you have learned to not blame yourself, etc
My OCD is not obvious to others. I managed to get a college degree at the age of 42. I have managed to grow in many areas, but I'm still behind..
gentle hugs,

"God's love is shown daily when friends lend a shoulder--an ear; and then the healing begins"
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