| | Coping with OCD without meds
Hello everyone, I am new here. I just wanted to share a breif rendition of my story and how I cope with OCD. My OCD came on as the result of a terrifying experience. First, I just had anxiety attacks, then it developed into full fleged OCD. In the beginning, it was so bad that I couldn't eat, I was afraid that my food would be tainted. Gradually, my anxiety began to subside. Then, out of nowhere (about 4 years down the line), it came back full blast and worse than ever. I always thought I could deal with it on my own because I knew a great deal about psychology. Apparently, I didn't know enough because it wasn't until I began to have difficulty separating reality from my imagination that I sought help. After 5 years of sheer torture and helplessness I was diagnosed with OCD. Just knowing specifically which disorder I had and how that disorder functioned has had astounding effects on my recovery.
My therapist is great! I am so lucky to have found someone that actually cares and allows me to help me help myself with her guidance. My boyfriend is great also. He actively participates in my recovery.
With their help, along with many publications and research, I am able to battle OCD without having to take meds. Of course, getting to this point was NOT easy by any means. By the time I sought therapy I was on my way to becoming agoraphobic. I was afraid to drive even the shortest distances. In fact, I think I am one of the few (at least I guess, I haven't heard of anyone with a reaction similar to mine...if so I would love to hear from YOU!)who suffer almost every single type of OCD obsessional behavior there is, but I do not have compulsions like most. I had slight agoraphobia; paranoia of germs, chemicals, poison; intrusive negative (scary) thoughts; washing; superstitious fears. I mostly avoid things altogher rather than performing any sort of compulsion or ritual short of washing my hands a gajillion times.
If there are any others out there that are also combating OCD without meds or would like to, I would love to support, advise,or converse!