At the end of my tether, baa.

15 September 2014 - 17:02

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I don't know what to do.  Once again I've not managed to have a blood sample taken - this time it wasn't even about that, but about why I haven't any appetite, but the fact remains that I still haven't been able to do it.  Been crying a bit.

And I've been e-mailing another homeopath.  Somebody on another OCD forum recommended this one to me as a miracle-worker.  (I've just parted company with the other one, because we weren't getting anywhere.)  But it's no good.  One, she's in Australia (consulting via Skype), and her idea is that to deal with the time difference we should have the appointments early in the morning.  Well, I'm not fit for anything in the mornings.  Two, her policy, given in a way that doesn't really anticipate any argument, is not to tell you the name of the remedy she's giving you - and I could never get an unknown remedy past my OCD.  Three, she charges £270 a session.  £270.  And that's not me paying, it's my family.  If I could be fairly sure it would work, that would be one thing... but for a long shot?  I couldn't do that. 

For those of you that don't know me: my OCD itself refuses to let me take any kind of psychiatric medication, and CBT hasn't got anywhere.  It's the peculiar way the thing works: it's not that I'm scared to not do these things - it's just that I can't make myself not do them.

So there goes the homeopath, and I can't do a blood test.  What am I going to do?

Oh well

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17 September 2014 - 12:11

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Hi Wombat

I think £270 via Skype per session is a lot of money. And not to tell you the name of the remedy I find to be highly unusual. You also would have no redress if you were dissatisfied with the therapy:  given that she is located in a different country. Is there any credible evidence for the type of therapy which she uses? Is your prohibition in taking medicine restricted to medicine for OCD or all types of medication?  I find that the combination of medicine and CBT is a good strategy as each reinforces the other. When I have blood taken, I look away from the site of the extraction!

18 September 2014 - 12:34

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Hi Wombat

Sorry to hear that you have been struggling, hoping you are feeling more relaxed now.

I can't remember the last time I had a blood sample taken, a while ago the very thought of getting blood taken was enough to get me worried but I've tried thinking about it in a different way, I used to be very nervous when I was going to the dentist but that seems to have calmed down.

Do you feel that the Skype sessions have helped? It's always hard trying to find the right therapy and as I understand it can take a long time but if you are open to new ideas that's a positive. As Check was saying that does sound a lot of money, try not to jump to a decision quick with this one, I know it can sound tempting to give it a goal but thinking about the long term benefits, do you think it will help? (Only you will know the answer to that one)

As you were mentioning that it was your ocd that was stopping you taking the medication If I could ask is it more to do with a fear of taking the medication? It's an interesting area to explore some people might find that starting up on medication might sound like a big commitment, I challenge that line of thinking and I say that we all probably at some point in ours lives might start to take regular medication.

Hope you are able to get the right support.

18 September 2014 - 14:06

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Hi mate ,i woudnt pay that for an unknown remedy but its upto u ,it may work then again this person mite just b innit for the cash ,an nhs or private therapist is prob ur best bet
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Any psychiatric medication, like I said.

I've tried looking the other way, trying to think about something else, etc...  but somehow still by the time the needle gets there, my arm has taken itself out of the way!      Thanks though.

Well, the good news is that after yowling on the Latitudes forum (it's specifically about alternative treatments for neurological stuff), someone recommended a different homeopath, who also specialises in this kind of thing (OCD/autism/Tourette's hybrid Martian disorders    ) and charges only £75 a session.  That's doable.  He's recommended by quite a few people who've had this kind of problem and say he got results - that's as much "evidence" as you can ever really get for homeopathy, one way or another, they all do it slightly differently anyway.  And he's in the UK, and doesn't have any odd ideas about not telling me things!

I think I'll give it a go.  I've tried homeopathy twice before and it really did make a big difference at first, just that eventually it seemed that what they'd done first wasn't working any more and they hadn't any more ideas - neither of them had much experience with OCD, I don't think, or not Martian autistic OCD like this.  So it does seem a possibility.

Dav - I assume you mean a CBT therapist?  Fair enough and thanks but I don't think it would get anywhere.  My OCD is weird you see.  It's not that I'm scared of not doing the compulsion, it's just that if the situation arises that "requires" me to do a compulsion, I just stick fast and simply can't make myself go on until I've done it - it's almost a physical thing.  Sometimes it's a bit less rigid and I can then force my way past it and gradually whittle it down.  But at the moment that's just not happening, there's no wriggle room at all.  So I don't know what CBT could really find to do.

Anyway, thanks for all the replies, it's good to hear from somebody.  Wish me luck 

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20 September 2014 - 22:48

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Hi Wombat

I used get really panicky when it came to having eye drops and each time I was going to the opticians I was always asking my mum am I going to get eye drops. (It's a strange set up I feel) A another point I was going mention in my last post was try not to be hard on yourself over the blood test scenario, that will only cause more stress.

Do let us know if you decide to go ahead with the homeopathy, that will an interesting one.  I'll admit that last one you were mentioning about in Australian did sound a bit strange in that she never tells anyone about the remedy.

All the best

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Thanks Grams - it does help to have company on here! 

Well, I had my appointment with the new homoeopath (not the Australian one, the other one) on Tuesday.  What a relief - he talks!  The other one, that I've been seeing for the past year with more or less random results, was quite strange to deal with, because he never said anything hardly.  He would just sit looking at me while I talked until I came to a halt from embarrassment, and then say, "So anything else you want to tell me about how you're feeling?" or something like that, and never comment at all.  So I never knew whether what I was saying was suggesting anything to him (or indeed whether he'd understood it properly), or whether he was just prescribing by guesswork.  But this one talks normally and it makes it so much easier!

And from the way he talks, I very much got the impression that he is familiar with the kind of thing I'm describing, and thinks he knows what to do about it.  That's a big advance on either of the two I've seen in the past, who had more of an air of "well, I've never seen anything quite like this before but I'll do my best".  (I don't blame them - I've rarely seen symptoms quite like it myself, except for me!)  Also, he's given me not one but 3 remedies, all to be taken at different intervals and for a different specific reason.  That sounds like the action of someone who thinks he has a fair idea what to do, doesn't it?

I'll let you know how I go on!

5 June 2017 - 23:22

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Hi wombat,keep trying and neva give up !
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