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Old 09-25-2004, 03:56 PM   #1
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Anyone else not on medication?

I have always had some symptoms of OCD, with no symptoms of depression. I have often been able to kind of "force" myself out of habits. I once went through a stage of pulling out hair/eyelashes and eventually just kind of made myself quit when I began noticing thinning spots. This has been the story of my life. Some things I have yet to overcome, especially those associated with fears. I've never told anyone I suspected I had OCD. I manage to fake "normal" around other people, even though weird things are going on in my head, I've learned not to act on them. I was just wondering if anyone else wasn't medicated and attempting to deal this way, or if anyone else has "hidden" their OCD. I've done it out of a determination to fit in.

If so, do you feel "strange" or "crazy" on the inside through everyone else thinks you have it all together? I've always feared I was a little nuts, even since childhood I've felt weird on the inside. I worry about going crazy someday. I'm sure this is just another OCD symptom, but how do I get it to go away? I really function well without medication and don't feel like I need it. Is there any other way to straighten out or redirect OCD thoughts?
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DS born 07/05/2003
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Old 09-25-2004, 10:59 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone else not on medication?

I can't tell you if there's really a way to 'fix' it without help, but I have had obvious (to others) ocd symtopms for the last several years. It escalated after I lost my job almost 2 years ago. My boyfriend recently broke up with me, and I think it's because my ocd tendencies got much worse under all the stress from being unemployed, as well as the fact that he thought I was being too needy and dependent on him (which, at the time, I was).
Anyway, we are still living together until next week when our lease is up, and in the past few weeks I have found these boards and had him read a lot too. I am now positive that I have ocd, but I have not been officially diagnosed - I don't have any sort of insurance and it will probably be a few years before I can a doctor of any sort...
He believes it too, now we are not exactly broken up... We agreed to not live together for at least the next year to see if I can stabilize myself, rediscover who I really am, and function as an independent woman. But we are still a couple. I feel great about this, I still have love, support, and my man, but I also have a chance to focus on myself.
But from everything I have read, I think I have had ocd since early childhood, and I have managed to keep it controlled somehow. Honestly, I always felt 'wrong' somehow, but never really realized that I had a problem except for periods of extreme stress (i.e. most of grammar school, junior high, and high school, then nothing until a few recent events)...
Although I have always been a loner. Now that makes me wonder if avoiding people was/is just a way to make time for and/or keep secret my ocd behavior....
I also suffer from depression, and I believe that seasonal depression as well...
I can't wait until I have insurance and can talk with a professional to see whether I really am crazy or not

Old 09-26-2004, 10:10 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone else not on medication?

having ocd doesnt mean your crazy...
also..siren1024, if you are dealing well on your own without medication, then I don;t see a need for drugs...
you seem to have at least some power over your habits and tendancies...just keep strong and educate yourself on OCD
good luck

Old 09-27-2004, 03:27 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone else not on medication?

You may want to look into inositol. Our doctor put our son on it for his ocd symptoms (but he is only on week 2 and it takes 6 weeks for results so I can't tell you if it works yet). Inositol is a substance that is natural for your body, like a vitamin except that it isn't considered a vitamin because your body can manufacture it but apparently some people need more than their bodies manufacture and so it seems that quite a few people suffering from OCD can be helped by taking inositol. You can buy it at a health food store but I have found it much cheaper at online stores than the stores around here. If you are interested look at my post in the Alternative OCD thread where I put the protocol of how much to take, and you can also find information by doing a web search.

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