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Created on : Thursday, July 07, 2005, 09:00:55 am
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Patients suffering from OCD have a challenge in overcoming their illness. Share your story and get support from those who understand.

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July 10, 2007, 5:37 am CDT

Good books

Quote From: wills1966

My son is 16 years old. Your Dad is 52, and he must have been living with this nightmare for quite sometime now? Scott understands that everything he does makes him look crazy, I'm sure your dad does too. The problem is that they have little or no control over how they react to situations, if their stress levels are high then they believe that the only way to deal with this is by going through their rituals. Believe me I understand where you are coming from, but you must also try to understand how your dad feels.

I do not know if you have read the book ' LICKING DOORKNOBS' ? but this will help you to understand, and also you dad should read it.

My son takes 8 tablets a day, they help him BUT the only way that your dad will ever learn to take charge of his OCD is if he does go and see a psychologist, like DR PHIL, this will give him coping strategies and take each day as it comes.

This is a debilitating disease, your dad is certainly not mad, he needs your constant support even though it drives you mad,

Take care, be strong, wills 

Your family should start by read books about OCD. I would start with KISSING DOORKNOBS it is a simple book about a teenage girl leaving with OCD and it explains some progress process we go through. I am sure there are other good books out there and many interesting web pages too.

If the family is going crazy and your dad doesn't seem to see he needs help maybe you should find a support group for family of OCD I am sure that there must be something to help you all. It probably will not be easy to find, try  calling local psychiatric hospital to ask them where you can look. Mine had a list of support group for OCD and a list for family OCD support groups.

Good luck and keep it touch.
Eclaire
 
August 9, 2007, 1:39 pm CDT

COUNTER!

Is going to a shrink the only way to get rid of OCD? I am constantly counting. Ever since I was a little girl, I HAVE to count everything!!! If you see me and I looked "spaced" out....I am counting. It doesn't matter what I count, as long as I am counting. It drives me crazy!

 

I don't really know if I have OCD about cleaning....I think it is just anal retentive. Before my boyfriend moved in, my room had to be spotless. Everything had to be in place before I went to bed. I would check to see if my door was locked like 5 times. Looking wasn't good enough, I would have to get up and go check. But I have calmed down on that since my boyfriend moved in. I don't know how to say this nicely, but my boyfriend is a complete slob! I finally gave up on cleaning and clean every saturday or sunday......but I am starting to notice that I have a lot of anger pent up inside because I want the room clean. I use to nag him till his ear fell off. He finally had enough and threatened to leave if I didn't stop. So I stopped.....but now I am always angry. He doesn't know this though. So now I get pissed over stupid things because I am really angry about the room. I don't know.

 

I don't have money to see a shrink. Any suggestions? Is this OCD?

 
August 29, 2007, 12:47 am CDT

OCD has destroyed my life.

     I am a 26 year old male and have suffered from OCD my entire life.  My symptoms were at their worst when I was 21, at which point I was in my sophomore year of college.  I just kept getting these terrible thoughts in my head that wouldn't go away.  I honestly felt like I was going insane.  My psychiatrist diagnosed me with OCD with anxiety and depression.  I was prescribed Zoloft and Risperdal.  I took medication for about 6 months after which I thought I was completely cured.  I have since graduated from college and I held a job for 3 years.  I quit my job 4 months ago because my thoughts started coming back uncontrollably.  It's almost as if OCD gets progressively worse if left untreated.  I'm in terrible condition now though.  I'm unemployed, living at home, and have no health coverage.  I've never been able to hold down a solid relationship because the women I'm involved with cannot deal with my "OCDness."  I hate this disease so much.  I am so afraid about my future.  I have so many goals that I want to achieve....getting my own place, eventually getting married, the normal stuff that everyone wants in life.  My OCD has even affected my job search.  Sometimes I'll set up interviews then not go to them due to some crazy thought that pops up in my head.  I just feel so lost right now.
 
September 6, 2007, 9:11 pm CDT

OCD is frying my brain

I am diagnosed BIPOLAR and panic/anxiety disorder, but I swear I am developing a very irritating case of OCD.

 

Just for example, if I buy a pack of 10 pens and can only find 9, I go nutsoid trying to find that 1 pen and will worry about it for days with irrational fears such as What if my 3 y-o daughter found it when I wasn't looking and poked her eye out ? (She doesn't live with me and I fear ANYTHING happening for fear of retaliation from her father and my own deep personal guilt.)

 

Just today, I smoke and shouldn't and I am trying hard to quit, I lost one of two lighters and if I could hire a swat team to find that one d**n lighter I would. That is how irritating it is to me.

 

Am I the worst of OCD sufferers ? I sure do feel like it.

 
September 6, 2007, 9:14 pm CDT

P.S.

Quote From: dailyfear

I am diagnosed BIPOLAR and panic/anxiety disorder, but I swear I am developing a very irritating case of OCD.

 

Just for example, if I buy a pack of 10 pens and can only find 9, I go nutsoid trying to find that 1 pen and will worry about it for days with irrational fears such as What if my 3 y-o daughter found it when I wasn't looking and poked her eye out ? (She doesn't live with me and I fear ANYTHING happening for fear of retaliation from her father and my own deep personal guilt.)

 

Just today, I smoke and shouldn't and I am trying hard to quit, I lost one of two lighters and if I could hire a swat team to find that one d**n lighter I would. That is how irritating it is to me.

 

Am I the worst of OCD sufferers ? I sure do feel like it.

I have been having issues with my mental illness and I was just put on Risperdal and a very small dose of Xanax each day. This was prescribed through the ER and not with a psych doctor.

 

I have made an appointment with a mental health clinic and I will mention this to  them.

 
September 19, 2007, 2:59 pm CDT

Looking for HELP!!!!

My husband has a serious case of OCD and we desperately need to find someone that specifically treats OCD and a support group for me.  Does anyone know anyone in the Orange Co. are of So. California that could recommend someone?
 
September 20, 2007, 11:50 pm CDT

i feel the same

Quote From: ocdguy26

     I am a 26 year old male and have suffered from OCD my entire life.  My symptoms were at their worst when I was 21, at which point I was in my sophomore year of college.  I just kept getting these terrible thoughts in my head that wouldn't go away.  I honestly felt like I was going insane.  My psychiatrist diagnosed me with OCD with anxiety and depression.  I was prescribed Zoloft and Risperdal.  I took medication for about 6 months after which I thought I was completely cured.  I have since graduated from college and I held a job for 3 years.  I quit my job 4 months ago because my thoughts started coming back uncontrollably.  It's almost as if OCD gets progressively worse if left untreated.  I'm in terrible condition now though.  I'm unemployed, living at home, and have no health coverage.  I've never been able to hold down a solid relationship because the women I'm involved with cannot deal with my "OCDness."  I hate this disease so much.  I am so afraid about my future.  I have so many goals that I want to achieve....getting my own place, eventually getting married, the normal stuff that everyone wants in life.  My OCD has even affected my job search.  Sometimes I'll set up interviews then not go to them due to some crazy thought that pops up in my head.  I just feel so lost right now.
i have the same thing only with obesiety and bi polar and severe depresion  i dunno what to do or say anymore
 
October 8, 2007, 6:44 pm CDT

OCD and my family

Things have been rocky in my household for some time. My husband and I are fighting and it mainly deals with the fact that he won't admit that he has OCD tendencies (ie the handwashing, cleaning, arranging things just so, counting the number of times that he rubs lotion onto each ear, and a ton more). These problems have become very hard for me to ignore and I am tired of running around doing things for him because he just can't handle it or I just can't handle him constantly asking me to check things (his hands, feet, clothes, etc) over to make sure they are ok (10 times). It makes me feel like I am an enabler, a role that I don't want. When I do say no, he tells me I am not being nice to him and cops an attitude. The more stress he is under, the worse this all gets. He snaps when the children (ages 3 and 1) don't clean up every few minutes while playing with their toys or they don't arrange things in an order that suits him. I have also noticed that my son (3 years old) is picking up on my husband's "habits" and I am very concerned about this and wonder if my daughter will be next. My questions are how much of OCD is habit that can be unlearned and how much is not. I am tired of this problem controlling our family. If he continues to ignore the issues, this constant strain is going to cause our family to split. Can anyone suggest anything to help me cope with this problem and suggestions for help for him? I just don't want my children to grow up in this unhealthy environment and hate me later on for not trying to do something about it.

 
October 11, 2007, 8:12 pm CDT

Help with ocd.

Hi. I've been a fan of Dr.Phil for awihle, and tought Id come here to adress one of my problems. I'm a High School Junior and I must tell people, usually online, everything that I think of. Like sometimes If I looked at a clock when I talked to them, I have to tell them I looked at the clock, or maybe sometimes I must have the other person understand exactly what I said and tell them my thought process, or I will feel uncomfortable. This has bothered me for awhile, for I have to tell everybody every useless detail. Now that I say this I have to tell you guys my story on how I became like this which I have told quite a few times. -_- When I was in elementary school, I must have to tidy things up, and I've seen a teacher about this and they said it was obsessive compulsive disorder, I still do sometimes. But then I became lazy and I stopped doing it way too much. So now it came back in this form. I had an  urge to look it up online and found that telling people everything was also a category of Ocd. It became worst when I found out. Haha. So maybe if you guys have any input or tips, I'd like that. Thanks for reading. =D

Edit: Aw I didn't know there was a whole board for this! I Posted in Self Matters thinking it was about yourself. X_X. I have to type perfectly too thats apart of my ocd.
 
 
October 14, 2007, 8:21 pm CDT

I dont understand? is it...

My ex-husband was dignosed wit OCD n he did some strang things that he blamed on OCD i was wondering if these things were really cuzed by his OCD....lookin at porn sites n gay porn...chatting to gay men very nasty...that n lookin at little children n thinking nasty about them....he said that he didnt wann look at the porn or talk to those gay men the way he was or look at childrent hat way but i just feel that if he didnt wanna do those things then fight urself no to do them its one thing to think but anouther to act i might b wrong thinkin bout this but is that apart of his OCD n another thing i can understand i guess doin it once but why do it over n over n over again n carry on hours n hours of converstations back nback if u ddint wanna talk to them that way...or the porn...well just lemme kno somthing thanks so much!
 
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