Re: Is it common to get OCD from Lyme?
Hey Shadow, wow that must be incredibly hard for your daughter. I don't know what those meds are....but again, it's very much worth a try and hopefully, if the first ones don't work, her doc will try other ones. The neuroborreliosis literature is really very fascinating in its stories about people suffering from severe psychiatric illness and then recovering completely. And the illnesses often look just like the "real" thing--OCD, schizophrenia, etc. except often there are telltale physical symptoms too. Does your daughter complain of always being tired? Poor baby, the contamination fears alone would lead to exhaustion, I'm sure, just as my pointless rumination does.
Hmmmm, I've definitely chilled out on my compulsive shopping since starting treatment...never thought of that!
I used to go to a shrink for my chronic pain. Many believe that CBT (I'm having a lyme moment, can't remember what the "C" stands for, geewillikers!!!)--but therapy designed to self-alter your thoughts--can be very helpful. She specifically told me of a patient who had persistent fears that she would swallow tacks and harm herself. She was taught to inspect her thoughts and challenge them and set them on a better course. My therapist said she completely recovered. I know others, maybe even myself, sometimes, think this is like trying to put a bandaid on an amputation wound (ick, sorry, unpleasant metaphor!)......I think with these things, you sometimes want to hit it with everything you've got--meds, therapy and lots and lots of compassion (which it sounds like your family is doing--humor does NOT mean no compassion, right?). This type of therapy involves homework and practice and requires some discipline--it's not just going in and saying this sucks, that sucks, you know? I know adults with OCD and it's a battle. CBT might be worth considering as it truly does help some people get some distance and start to recover. It's probably helped me much more than I realize. Actually, I need to think about that! Maybe your daughter is already in this type of therapy? If so, she should maybe stick with it.