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Board: Anxiety 02-20-2013, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 750
Posted By dksea
Re: PLEASE READ - Anxiety/Hypochondria HELP

Sorry to hear you are going through a rough patch right now. You mention OCD, have you been diagnosed or do you just suspect that you have OCD? Based on your description that certainly seems...
Board: Anxiety 02-19-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By dksea
Re: Panic/fears does anyone else feel this way???

Sorry to hear you are sick! Good luck with your psychiatrist appointment and feel better soon.
Board: Anxiety 02-19-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 514
Posted By dksea
Re: Why do you get chest pains

Anxiety involves not just mental reactions, but physical reactions as well. Muscle tightening, adrenaline pumping, your heart beating faster, all part of the fight or flight response. Which is...
Board: Anxiety 02-18-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By dksea
Re: Panic/fears does anyone else feel this way???

No problem. I definitely understand the wanting it to be better now feeling, I'm one of the least patient people around and that has been something I've really struggled with in my OCD too.

While...
Board: Anxiety 02-17-2013, 10:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By dksea
Re: Panic/fears does anyone else feel this way???

I'm sorry about your loss, stressful events like that can definitely worsen anxiety. I hope the Lexapro is able to help you settle back down, keep in mind SSRIs like Lexapro can take a few weeks to...
Board: Anxiety 02-17-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 480
Posted By dksea
Re: New Member, Having a difficult time.

It sounds like ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) would be a good therapeutic approach for your fear of driving. It would be most effective if you could take that approach working with a...
Board: Anxiety 02-17-2013, 02:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By dksea
Re: increased heart rate?

There are many things in life that can cause increased heart rate, including of course exercise which is good for you. Your anxiety sounds like its having a negative effect on your life regardless...
Board: Anxiety 02-16-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By dksea
Re: anxiety scared to death

Sounds like you are taking some good steps. 20mg is a low dose for Celexa so don't be surprised if your doctor suggests moving to a slightly higher dose rather than changing medications altogether. ...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-15-2013, 10:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By dksea
Re: question

Have you taken any SSRIs like Prozac or Zoloft? Usually they have fewer side effects and are frequently used for treating OCD. Are you seeing anyone for therapy? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...
Board: Anxiety 02-15-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By dksea
Re: anxiety scared to death

Sounds like you are having panic attacks, I've had those before and like you I was convinced I was going to die. I was already on Celexa for my OCD but if I recall (it happened about 10 years ago) I...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-15-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,344
Posted By dksea
Re: ocd and smoking

Since cigarette smoking has become a compulsion for you, really the best thing you can do is to stop smoking in response to anxiety. That doesn't mean you have to quit smoking altogether (though you...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-15-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,623
Posted By dksea
Re: Relationship OCD.

One of the ways that OCD can manifest is in a form called "Pure-O" by many people, the idea being that you suffer from the obsessions but don't have any compulsions. In reality the compulsions are...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-15-2013, 12:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By dksea
Re: meds

You did the right thing by talking to your doctor. If it was SSRIs then it was probably more of a psychosomatic response to taking more that caused you to feel relief than the medication actually...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-14-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By dksea
Re: meds

Its never a good idea to take more medication than you have been prescribed and talking to your doctor is definitely the right thing to do. In addition SSRI's are slow acting so taking more of them...
Board: Anxiety 02-14-2013, 03:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By dksea
Re: Thanks

Maybe you could try writing your worries down in a journal so you can share them with your husband at a later time when you are both awake?

Are you talking about the same worries over and over? ...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-11-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By dksea
Re: Need help with OCD

What you are describing certainly sounds like OCD. Its treated in pretty much the same way as depression, anxiety, panic disorder etc. Both therapeutically and medication wise its likely you'd be...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-11-2013, 05:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,623
Posted By dksea
Re: Relationship OCD.

"The thing is when I seen that you had quoted what I had said 'I don't want this to be the case'.. My obsessions kick in again. What if I had only written that to try and convince myself, and...
Board: Anxiety 02-08-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 409
Posted By dksea
Re: scared of new med??

Its natural to be concerned about taking new medication, especially ones with potential side effects. Keep in mind that your doctor would be aware of these potential issues, especially in regards to...
Board: Anxiety 02-08-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By dksea
Re: Are palpitations normal with anxiety

SSRI's are not addictive, some people may be conflating the fact that they can have withdrawal symptoms with being addictive.

Addiction means you feel compelled to keep taking it, and can't live...
Board: Anxiety 02-08-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,636
Posted By dksea
Re: why am i so jumpy?

Unfortunately the bodies reactions to excitement and anxiety are very similar so sometimes the two events can be conflated. Its like when your boyfriend called your body was trying to signal a...
Board: Anxiety 02-07-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By dksea
Re: Are palpitations normal with anxiety

Such symptoms are indeed possible with anxiety, I know I've felt like my heart was beating irregularly and gotten dizzy/tingly from my anxiety (OCD related in my case).

As for the Paxil, well its...
Board: Anxiety 02-07-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,072
Posted By dksea
Re: I'm having trouble leaving the house

I recommend the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Dr. Edmond J. Bourne. It will help you do self directed therapy to address your fears.

From a practical standpoint the best thing you can do is to...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-06-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,623
Posted By dksea
Re: Relationship OCD.

Sorry to hear you are having such a rough time of it, raxw. What you are describing sounds very much like OCD. Unwanted intrusive anxiety causing obsessive thoughts, compulsive need to try and...
Board: Anxiety 02-06-2013, 01:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 986
Posted By dksea
Re: Anxiety about Engagement

First off, congrats on your engagement, that's certainly exciting. Of course exciting also often involves stress and stress can exacerbate anxiety!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been...
Board: Anxiety 02-05-2013, 02:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 952
Posted By dksea
Re: Anxiety severe panic feels like dying

Lexapro, like all SSRI's can take several weeks before you might notice any significant reduction in symptoms so try your best to hang in there. You might get lucky and it will start working sooner...
Board: Anxiety 02-04-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 952
Posted By dksea
Re: Anxiety severe panic feels like dying

I remember when I had my first full on panic attack. I was absolutely convinced that I was either going to die or go insane. It was literally the scariest moment in my entire life and I can...
Board: Anxiety 02-04-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By dksea
Re: Possible anxiety?

Well stressful events can definitely heighten our anxiety symptoms and moving can be pretty stressful so maybe that's part of it. Also I'm the same way about being busy and not noticing symptoms or...
Board: Anxiety 02-04-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By dksea
Re: Not sleeping past couple of days

Sorry to hear you are having such a rough time of it lately. You mentioned getting help in the past, did any of that involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? If not I highly recommend seeking a...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-04-2013, 02:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 532
Posted By dksea
Re: solution to my ocd/pstd???

I don't really have any experience with PTSD so I don't really have any advice for you there.

From an OCD perspective though, the best thing you can do to overcome OCD is to face your fears head...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-03-2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 462
Posted By dksea
Re: ROCD question really need some feed back

OCD preys on any anxiety it can find, relationships, phobias, anything. A common adage I've heard and used is this: if you think it might be your OCD it probably is your OCD.
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-02-2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,131
Posted By dksea
Re: Ocd, I don' t believe it is an illness...

Religious and blasphemous thoughts are a not uncommon form for OCD to take. You are not alone in having these same fears and doubts. You can get better. OCD isn't curable but it is treatable. ...
Board: Anxiety 02-01-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,002
Posted By dksea
Re: PLEASE READ Panic disorder insanity

Sorry to hear you are going through such a struggle right now. Your anger is completely and totally understandable given all that is happening!

Puberty is a common point in life when anxiety...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-01-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,131
Posted By dksea
Re: Ocd, I don' t believe it is an illness...

OCD is most definitely an illness caused (at least in part) by a malfunction in certain areas of the brain. This has been backed up by extensive study of patients with OCD. Essentially our brains...
Board: Anxiety 01-31-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 301
Posted By dksea
Re: anxiety

Sorry to hear you are having such a tough time right now. The best thing you can do for yourself if you are having trouble is to see a medical professional (preferable a mental health professional)...
Board: Anxiety 01-31-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 383
Posted By dksea
Re: panic do

I can't answer the question of whether or not you will lose your job or not, I certainly hope you don't, but I know that both at the state and federal level there are laws that offer some protection...
Board: Anxiety 01-31-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 592
Posted By dksea
Re: anxiety vs physical symptoms

By BBVP do you mean Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)? I couldn't find any information on a condition called BBVP when I looked. Anyway, I'd say get treatment for the physical condition...
Board: Anxiety 01-30-2013, 11:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 486
Posted By dksea
Re: panic attacks

I still remember my first panic attack and how terrifying it was so I completely sympathize with your situation. I'm on Celexa for me OCD and have taken Klonopin from time to time due to panic...
Board: Anxiety 01-28-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 425
Posted By dksea
Re: worried!!

Many people are hesitant about medication, so your concern is understandable. Often our knowledge of medication is limited, and not being doctors and/or scientists it can all seem a bit mysterious. ...
Board: Anxiety 01-28-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 414
Posted By dksea
Re: what do I ask the doctor?

Something I like to do is to write down some of the questions and concerns I have before hand, usually I start a few days before hand, that way I can sort of organize my thoughts and make sure I...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 01-28-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,503
Posted By dksea
Re: My daugher has intrusive thougs...need help

You're welcome. Its actually a good thing you posted where you did otherwise I wouldn't have seen the post, I tend not to visit the friends and family forum since *I* am the sufferer in my situation...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 01-28-2013, 01:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By dksea
Re: OCD or what?

As to your question about ERP and not feeling stressed right now, well congrats on not feeling stressed, that's a pretty nice feeling huh? It's not surprising that with less stress your anxiety is...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 01-28-2013, 01:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By dksea
Re: OCD or what?

OCD is sometimes called the Doubting Disease and you are experiencing first hand why. One of the problems we sufferers of OCD encounter is an abnormal need for certainty in relation to whatever our...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 01-27-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,503
Posted By dksea
Re: My daugher has intrusive thougs...need help

I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you and your daughter are having. She is lucky in one respect to have a mother who obviously cares about here very much. My parents were a huge help to me...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 01-26-2013, 01:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By dksea
Re: ocd??

I'm no doctor, but what you are describing sounds like text book OCD. Fear of contamination, excessive washing, doing things in set numbers. Sorry to hear you are struggling with this, you are...
Board: Anxiety 01-25-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By dksea
Re: Possible anxiety?

Anxiety and depression can definitely occur together (this is called comorbidity) and many of the symptoms you describe could be related to anxiety disorder. However if you are experiencing these...
Board: Anxiety 01-24-2013, 10:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 494
Posted By dksea
Re: Do I have paranoia?

Sorry to hear you are struggling Brooke! Although its not uncommon for us to worry about being judges by others, especially in our teens, what you are experiencing sounds like its beyond what the...
Board: Anxiety 01-24-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 636
Posted By dksea
Re: meds question

I have not taken those specific medications, but I have taken drugs in the same classes as Ativan and Paxil together and they have been effective.

Paxil is part of a class of drugs called SSRI's...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 01-24-2013, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 453
Posted By dksea
Re: It's coming back... and now it's food

Sorry that you are in a situation where good mental health support is not as available. Have you done any reading or research on OCD treatment through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? While its...
Board: Anxiety 01-23-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 531
Posted By dksea
Re: Medication?

Sorry to hear that you are struggling with anxiety/panic/dissociation. I first developed my OCD during my early teens so I've been there.

Unfortunately SSRI's can take awhile to start being...
Board: Anxiety 01-23-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 420
Posted By dksea
Re: anyone go on and off a med several xs?

If you are having difficulty with a particular medication after giving it a reasonable amount of time to work (having bad side effects, not getting much benefit or some combination of the two) I find...
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