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Topic: Should I seek help for OCD/Anxiety?

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  1. Stefan164
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    5 May 2021

    Hey everyone,

    I have had anxiety for quite a long time now and I also think I have had OCD for a long time but this has never been formally diagnosed. It is at its worst when I am stressed or feeling anxious and effects me in a variety of ways

    For example at the moment I have recently started the lab work component of my honours at university this year. Throughout the day my mind is constantly in overdrive when working as I am constantly checking and double checking things throughout the day. Whether or not I put things back in the fridge and closed the door properly, if I switched off powerpoints, if I put enough liquid in the jars, if I followed the right step, If I labelled things right etc. Even today I was the last one to leave the lab and I checked some of the powerpoints and fridges 4 or 5 times before leaving I was even heading to the door but had to double back because of that lingering anxiety feeling so I could check them all again. All of this is leaving me mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day and my concentration is getting worse as all of my focus is going towards these habits. The work is enjoyable but the experience hasnt been great so far because im feeling constantly stressed.

    I've tried all these years to get over these issues using lifestyle changes and they somewhat help although I am not consistent and tend to drop things for a while when Im not in a great mood.

    Can anyone relate to or has overcome some of these issues?

    Any advice would be appreciated and thanks for taking the time to read

  2. blondguy
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    5 May 2021 in reply to Stefan164

    Hello Stefan164

    Welcome and thankyou for being a part of the forum family too!

    You have a lot happening completing your honours at University....and well done on your achievements to date

    I understand your feelings and even with low level anxiety it can be a bad place to be in Stefan. I made a mistake in my early 20's with my own anxiety and didnt seek help...thinking I could get over it was me in denial

    Having a talk to your well being counsellor...or GP would be a good decision. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by doing so :-)

    Any questions are always welcome Stefan...The forums are a safe and non judgmental place for us to post

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

    Note: If our anxiety has a detrimental impact on our daily ability to function effectively seeking help is crucial

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  3. Stefan164
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    6 May 2021 in reply to blondguy

    Thank you for your response I appreciate it. I think you are right I have avoided seeking help for a while now but I think that would be a wise next step

    Kind thoughts to you also

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    6 May 2021 in reply to Stefan164

    Hello Stefan, like Paul said, you can't struggle with this and it would be beneficial to seek help, and what you have said, certainly happened to me, although I have vastly improved or perhaps after all these years I don't take any notice but there are obsessions/compulsions I still do, but nobody sees them.

    I along with many others also have OCD and each one of us cope with it in a different way, I've had it for 60 odd years, hide what I need to do and the one main problem is that people question whether or not they do have OCD, that's OCD in itself, it convinces you that something bad will happen if this obsession/compulsion doesn't happen.

    Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is where you face or confront your fear/s repeatedly until it subsides or you are able to teach your brain that everything is OK, that takes practice in many different forms, whereas to overcome a phobia, desensitization.

    Just have a look at these and please get back to us, ask any question you'd like.

    Geoff.

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  5. Stefan164
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    6 May 2021 in reply to geoff

    Thank you for your response Geoff

    It is good to hear that your OCD has improved over the years and thanks for the ERP advice. I have probably unknowingly tried doing it over the years by avoidance of habits but I definitely did not do it categorically and the stress would quickly make me return to old habits.

    A therapist would probably help me do things in a better order

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  6. Petal22
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    6 May 2021 in reply to Stefan164

    Hello Stefan,

    I completely understand what you are going through with OCD.......... I had severe anxiety OCD.......... I was diagnosed with this by a psychiatrist.... I have now overcome this condition if I can overcome OCD there is HOPE you can too....

    You are not alone many people have this condition.....

    My recovery started from seeing my gp, I did a mental health plan with my gp this gave me 10 free sessions with a clinical phycologist, I also saw a psychiatrist who diagnosed me.... this then led me to a clinic that specialised in OCD...... this is where I learned to master my OCD......

    I did group therapy at the OCD clinic it was the best thing I ever did! We were taught many many strategies....this was an intervention into the OCD...

    I understand how exhausting it is, checking things, then double checking things.... ect...... I use to do this..... I learned what my OCD cycle was and then learned to disengage from the cycle....... if I can, YOU can...

    once you learn to master your OCD you will begin to fly!

    please seek help from our health professionals once you do this you will be on your road to recovery...

    im here if you have any questions or want to chat..

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  7. Stefan164
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    7 May 2021 in reply to Petal22

    I appreciate the response Petal22 and thank you for sharing parts of your story with me. Awesome to hear you are doing well.

    At the end of 2019 I did a mental health care plan but never followed up on it. I guess a part of it was due to me being stubborn and thinking I could get over it on my own. Going that step further and seeking out help has also made me feel a bit nervous as well which might sound silly. I think it is something I need to do though as after a good period the relapse always hits me pretty hard.

    You mention that you saw a phycologist and a psychiatrist, I was wondering if you would recommend one or the other or were they both equally helpful in treating OCD?

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    7 May 2021 in reply to Stefan164

    Hello Stefan, and sorry Petal I don't mean to intrude but each person is different and everybody responds differently to either a psychologist and/or a psychiatrist, it really depends on what they offer and how they approach the situation, either one can be effective but they need to have a good relationship with you in terms of understanding and how they communicate with you.

    Some people say one while others say the other, may be you could have an appointment with both, then you can decide.

    I apologise for interrupting.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

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  9. Petal22
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    7 May 2021 in reply to geoff
    That’s ok Geoff :-)
  10. Petal22
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    7 May 2021 in reply to Stefan164

    Hi Stefan,

    I recommend if you do see a phycologist ensure they are a “ clinical phycologist “ a normal psychologist can’t diagnose.......

    I saw psychiatrist because it was part of my treatment they both practiced in the same business.....

    Maybe when you do a mental health plan with your gp ask them for advice.....on which one to see.... your gp will be able to refer you..... please ensure if seeing a phycologist they are a clinical psychologist....

    With either professional if you are diagnosed with OCD ask if they can refer you to a clinic that specialises in OCD.... I did group therapy..... there were many others in my group with the same condition..... I was told group therapy gets better results than single sessions...

    One other thing I was going to mention was that my gp put me on a antidepressant for my anxiety........

    I understand getting help can make us feel nervous but I think that’s normal........ but please follow through on receiving the help you need to overcome this..... it will be well worth it.... it takes practice and perseverance in overcoming OCD but once you learn how to break fee of it’s grips you will know freedom!

    im here if you want to chat.... let me know how you go 😊

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  11. Gambit87
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    7 May 2021

    Hi,

    For me, anxiety and OCD goes hand in hand.

    The more anxious I am, the stronger my OCD gets - I get intrusive thoughts, constant ruminating and my urge to check things gets stronger.

    With the help of a psychologist and alot of work, ive been able to get things relatively under control. I do get flare ups but I recongise this know how to handle it.

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