Hello. I am 17 years old, and I have very severe OCD among other anxiety disorders. I have been on a number of antidepressants, but none of them have provided any real relief. I see my therapist weekly, and she helps me push through week by week.
My OCD symptoms are so severe that I can barely function. For example, a homework assignment that is supposed to take an hour takes me four hours. My therapist and I have not worked much on ERP because I want to find a medication that helps at least a little before attempting it. I already average a dozen panic attacks a week.
This coming May, I decided that I am going to seek more intensive help. However, this thought is constantly on my mind, causing me to fear such a drastic life change more and more. Is overcoming OCD really worth all the anxiety and panic it is going to cause me?
I truly appreciate your time and any insights you may have.View Thread
Yes, my psychiatrist does specialize in anxiety disorders.
I have already done a ton of research on OCD and ERP. I have also learned various self-help techniques and thought-stopping strategies. However, I am extremely hesitant to start implementing them. OCD has essentially become my identity, so I really do not know if I want to get better. Nor do I know if I want to become calm, since I utterly detest change. I am sure this sounds completely bizarre, but this has been a major setback in my treatment. Do you have any advice or suggestions?View Thread
Because I have not determined if overcoming OCD is what I want to do, I have not chosen a specific treatment option yet. If I do decide to seek additional help, it will most likely be outpatient. The following website gives an excellent description of this.
Hi!! I have OCD and panic attacks. I struggle with falling and staying asleep. My therapist recommended that I do something tactile each night before going to bed. Such activities help you feel in control, while panic attacks, as you know, makes you feel like everything is out of control. I would recommend seeing a psychiatrist and/or therapist to discuss this situation. I hope this helps!!View Thread
I totally understand what you mean. When I went to primary doctor, I reported feeling lightheaded (and occasional vertigo), troubles breathing, and difficulty swallowing. Then, I was sent to a psychiatrist, who diagnosed me with OCD, PTSD, social anxiety disorder (aka social phobia), generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobias.
I am by no means a physician, but it seems like you have some symptoms of social anxiety disorder and OCD. Perhaps the fear of blacking out or not being able to move are obsessive thoughts and looking around and twitching are the compulsions.
If I was in your position, I would see a psychologist or therapist so that you can work on enjoying life again. I personally know how extremely difficult the recovery process is, but it is worth it. I hope this helps.View Thread
I am a 16 year old girl, and I understand. I have been there, too, although my situation is slightly different. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with severe OCD. Whenever I get super anxious, I tend to shake (usually my hands) and have other tics. Anxiety or an anxiety disorder may explain your eye twitching problem.
I often have suicidal thoughts. For me, these are typically accompanied with periods of high anxiety.
Suicidal thoughts are so hard to battle through, so it is important (although it can be shameful) that a counselor and your parents know. Please hold on.View Thread
Over this past summer, my therapist and I met with my parents a couple times to discuss changes that needed to be made at home, and things have improved a lot. Also, I have talked to my therapist a lot lately about my lack of progress. She has brought up hospitalization in order to receive more intense therapy, but she is not overly fond of this option. However, she is deeply concerned and is uncertain what the next plan of action should be.View Thread
I have been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, I have some symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. To treat all of this anxiety, I see a counselor weekly as well as a psychiatrist monthly. I used to take Zoloft (but it did not provide me with too much relief), so I now take 30 mg of Lexapro and feel so much better.
When I experience a panic attack, take an Ativan, close my eyes, and breathe deeply for a few minutes. This deep breathing helps me during periods of extreme anxiety, too. In addition, I find three things in the room I am in of the same color - this helps one's mind stay in the present because anxiety is caused by the past or the future.
When I was first diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, my doctor prescribed Zoloft as well. I was also really hesitant to take it. However, I was so anxious that I did not experience any of the "zombie effects." Since the doctor gave you the medicine, I bet my experience will be similar to yours.
Both depression and anxiety disorders are believed to be caused by the chemical serotonin, which is why an anti-depressant can also help with anxiety.View Thread