Can anyone help me..

16 July 2014 - 5:01

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Hey guys and girls, 

I'm new to this so please be gentle. As you've probably been over this subject loads!! 

I've had OCD intensely for several years (started slowly when I was 8, but got intense from 16 and I'm now 24). 

I've been to the doctors and I went through 6 months of CBT and hourly sessions of  psychology and discussing my symptoms.

I suffer with symmetry and repetition which means I have to touch everything evenly with both sides of my body, hands, feet, etc to make sure everything is fair. This obviously happens every second of my life.   

Does anyone else suffer with this type of OCD at all? 

my CBT helped a little but didn't change much and I went back to what I was doing, anyone have anymore tips to stop or decrease the anxiety?

I have heard of SSRI but I don't know if it will help with my OCD? Has anyone had them with the same condition and do they work? 

sorry about the boring story, but I hope you can help me x.

This post has been thanked 1 time. 16 July 2014 - 10:45

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Hello and welcome CRMc,

I don't have symmetry OCD myself but I remember watching a BBC documentary called 'Extreme OCD Camp' that featured someone with this problem. If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it on YouTube. There are 3 episodes. Here is the first episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAXjq28Wpyk

I take an SSRI drug called paroxetine (trade name: Seroxat) and it has helped me very much. I have never heard that SSRIs are more effective against certain types of OCD rather than other types. I may be wrong but it's my understanding that people with OCD all have the same brain disorder, and the differences in the way it manifests in us are only due to accidental details of our circumstances, upbringing, temperament, etc. Anyway, I would say it's worth you asking your GP whether SSRIs could help you.

You are still young and the sooner you get on top of this the better, otherwise your OCD will become more entrenched and your undesirable habits will be harder to break. I wish you all the best.

16 July 2014 - 15:02

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Hey Goofy - if you don't mind me calling you that. 

Thanks for your reply.

I watched the series, the guy who had the same as my condition went though the same CBT as me but I don't know if I'm worse as when I did it, I used to cry and I would be knackered after the sessions. 

I wasn't sure if SSRI only helped certain types of OCD, I will contact them ASAP to see what they say. Thanks for your help!!

16 July 2014 - 16:30

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Hi mate ,cbt doesnt work strait away and ask ur gp about meds youve nothing to lose .Dave

16 July 2014 - 19:59

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Hi there, welcome from me too. I tend to think that SSRI's do help, but it is finding the one that suits you... Hope things will improve for you.

Wannabe

16 July 2014 - 23:28

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Cheers Dav and Wannabefree,

I tried CBT but as much as it was reducing it in them scenarios it wasn't outside of them. I've booked an appointment and going to see if They are going to be useful for me. I don't know if it will help me. How long does it take for them to kick in if that makes sense?

Thanks.

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Hi CRMc,

Yes, feel free to call me Goofy.

goofy [pronounced goo-fee] adjective, Slang: ridiculous; silly; wacky; nutty (Spearman's English Dictionary, 10th Edition 2009)

As Wannabefree said, you have to experiment to find the SSRI that suits you. My psychiatrist tried me out on fluoxetine but it gave me a rash on my thighs so I had to stop. Then he tried me on paroxetine which turned out alright. I started at 10mg a day and gradually increased my dose to 50 or 60mg a day (can't remember exactly) over a period of several months. I think paroxetine only starts to help with OCD at 30mg or more a day. Below that dose it is still therapeutic for depression. So in answer to your question about how long SSRIs take to kick in, it's impossible to say at this stage as it depends on how you react. Bear in mind that SSRIs can cause various side-effects in different people and you have to decide whether the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Paroxetine has dulled my emotions so that I don't feel as enthusiastic or fervent about things as I used to, and it has killed my sex drive. For me that was a small price to pay for relief from my crippling anxiety. SSRIs affect different people in different ways, so other people who take paroxetine may not have the same side-effects as me.

Have you thought of asking for a further session of CBT with a different therapist? I was just thinking that maybe you had an incompetent therapist last time, or maybe you just weren't quite ready at that time in your life to step out of your comfort zone.

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