Health related OCD (hypnotherapy or antidepressents help)?
Hello, thanks for your time.
I've had mild OCD since being a kid when I would abbessive about things in my head until it made me depressed - I have had major recurrent depression my whole life occurs every few years or so, for a few months, though this time it has lasted for a year (usually taking a trivial matter and obsessing about it until it becomes a major problem - in my mind - to get really down and tearful about).
As a teen I got rather obsessive about my heart health through no great reason (one uncle in his 50's had a bypass op which as a kid scared the hell out of me so from then on... No other reasons to think I've got a heart attack around the corner).
At 25 I had some strange heart palps. Had a full range of tests echocardiogram, Stress ECG, many resting ECGs, 24hr ecg recorder, bloods etc - all came back normal. From then on until now (7 years) I've developed a wide range of dibiliatating symptoms but the worst are, tightness in chest, head pressure, shortness of breath, sleep problems, racing h beat, and of course it has done nothing to help my depression. Many symptoms only relieved with valium type drugs to relief the muscle tension.
Has anyone heard or had experience of antidepressants an/or hypnotherapy being useful. I seem to have tried every breathing excercise, medication etc without any improvement. Really hoping this is 'the breakthrough' my wife and I have been waiting for as it has put a huge strain on a great marriage and a great life.
Anyone tried hypno or good stories about your experience with antidepressents?
Thanks for any help you can give - I'm 7 years on and still tearing my hair out over this.
Last edited by Soodle; 11-11-2011 at 12:11 AM.