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Old 04-19-2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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Road to recovery

Can I ask whether there are people out there with a significant degree of success in recovering from OCD? If so, how normal do you consider your current life to be and what methods did you use on your road to recovery? Thanks!

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Old 04-24-2009, 10:08 AM   #2
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Re: Road to recovery

Hi laiyh, I'd say I've recovered greatly, although it came at a price. I have a number of mental issues such as depression, ocd, panic disorder, and agoraphobia.

While the meds, doctor visits, and books helped about 50% with ocd, there really is no cure for ocd as we all know.

But what turned my ocd around was that I got panic disorder in jan of 08; and with that, ocd had to take a backseat while panic disorder reigned king/supreme. It's like you can't have two disorders running at the same time, each takes its turn. And for me, panic disorder is much worse than ocd cause you think you're gonna die all the time cause of the phsycial sensations that accompany panic, while there are no sensations with ocd (just worry).

So panic made me think I was gonna die any second, hence controlling the forefront of my thoughts, limiting my ocd. Now I don't recommend trying to get panic disorder to push ocd "aside", but it seems if you can think of something worse than ocd and its thoughts, such as the worst case scenarios that could happen, you'll find they're very unlikely and have they ever happened? Answer is no. No worst case scenarios have happened to you.

So try to think of the good things in your life, and when you think of a bad ocd thought, think of the worst case scenario and realise it hasn't; nor will happen.

Hope this helps =)
I believe, whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you...stranger" - The Joker

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