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Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 03-01-2007, 04:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 905
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: feeling monitored

Not mine personally seaturtle, but those are common OCD feelings and though processes. I wish I could say more. Are you taking any medication or practicing any CBT/meditation for your OCD? These...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 03-01-2007, 04:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,235
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: are there any OCD medications that DON'T cause weight gain?

Benzo's such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan etc. I have actually been able to get to the gym due to Xanax, so I am losing weight.

Later,
OE
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-28-2007, 09:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 494
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: finding a psychiatrist

I started in the yellow pages and did some searches on the web in my area. I found this place by calling another clinic who referred me to the doctor who I currently see. Also, local colleges will...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-28-2007, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,596
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Having an aweful Day may trigger

cray324,

You allowed the thought to catch you off guard. I have had the same thing happen, but don't let it stop you from doing what you have been doing! Keep meditating and this time actually...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-28-2007, 08:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,040
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Is it OCD?

melissa24,

What you are desscribing is classic Pure O which is one form of OCD. Most GP's don't have a clue about this dissorder. You will probably need to seek the advice of an anxiety...
Board: Hypoglycemia 02-28-2007, 04:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 12,820
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: hypoglycemia & anxiety

I have also noticed a major connection between anxiety and food (blood sugar). In the morning my anxiety is at it's peak unless I miss a meal. I take Xanax and eat breakfast and feel better. It is...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-27-2007, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 940
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Newbie heading into a bad cycle looking for coping help (sorry, long)

Exercise and meditation are both really helpful. I also quit caffeine entirely along with alcohol, and cigs. I have found meditation to be the best thing for the obsessive thoughts. I can usually...
Board: Anxiety 02-27-2007, 09:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,196
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Severe panic attacks & anxiety pls read i need advice!!

Find an anxiety dissorder specialist and keep taking the Xanax. I am on 2 mg/day as well and it has helped a lot. I still have bad days, but in general I am a lot better than I was. Anyway,...
Board: Anxiety 02-27-2007, 03:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 569
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Bad doctors

I totally agree. I tell everyone to skip the regular doctor and go straight to a psychiatrist specializing in anxiety dissorder. Even this doesn't ensure you will get a good doctor, so a lot of the...
Board: Anxiety 02-26-2007, 09:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 586
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: need some advice/help

It sounds to me like he was at the very least verbally abusive which is unhealthy for you and your family. I think you did the correct thing. He may not see it that way, but hopefully after the...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-26-2007, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,700
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: doc says its not ocd

I think your doctor is incorrect. It is common for people to have obsessions with no compulsions. I also don't agree that anxiety dissorder is a factor of self esteem. I think it can destroy your...
Board: Anxiety 02-26-2007, 04:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,115
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Clonazepam (Klonopin) Dosage

SoccerDad,

1 mg of Klonopin is a very small dose, so you shouldn't worry. I take 2 mg per day of Xanax and Xanax doses are similar to Klonopin. They are equal in standard doseage. Neither drug...
Board: Anxiety 02-25-2007, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,869
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Exercise: The Answer To Anxiety - A Follow Up - Please Read!!

You are on to something. Keep it up. I exercise all the time and it helps a lot. It doesn't "cure" my anxiety problems, but it definitley helps me manage them.

Keep it up!

Later,
OE
Board: Anxiety 02-25-2007, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,755
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Herbal Tea?????

Agreed! And it tastes good too. LOL.
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-25-2007, 07:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,527
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Indroducing myself, need some help, please

You are definitely not alone and I would encourage you to keep a journal of how you feel over time and what you are changing in your meds. It is hard to keep track of this unless you write it down...
Board: Anxiety 02-25-2007, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,755
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Herbal Tea?????

If you want some herbs to ask your doctor about try:

Kava Kava
Valerian

both work well for anxiety. Definitely speak with your doctor, but I don't see any of these reacting with the meds you...
Board: Anxiety 02-25-2007, 06:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,602
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Xanax vs. Ativan

At the end of the day both drugs work well you just have to decide whether you want to take a fast acting medication that lasts for a short period of time or a slower acting drug that lasts a little...
Board: Anxiety 02-25-2007, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,496
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: I need help! Mother of Anxious Child

Unfortunately most doctors won't give meds to children and with good reason. Children's barins haven't matured and the meds can cause problems during this important phase of their life. The best...
Board: Anxiety 02-24-2007, 05:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 18,017
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Does Anxiety/Panic make you "sick"?

Never quit a Benzo "cold turkey". Always consult your doctor and plan to taper off slowly over time otherwise your body will go through withdrawl and rebound anxiety will be extremelly...
Board: Anxiety Tips 02-24-2007, 05:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 52,771
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: My Suggestions For Anxiety, Panic and Obsessive Thoughts

I just wanted to interject one thing. Meditation is not about success. It is about trying. I have been meditating on and off for many years and some days can't get thoughts out of my head for 8...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-24-2007, 04:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,115
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: changing paxil

If you switched you should probably wean off one and slowly ramp up the other at the same time until you are on the correct dose of the new med. That should keep you from suffering too much during...
Board: Anxiety 02-24-2007, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 752
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Alchole

Benzo's do essentially the same thing with less side effects.

Later,
OE
Board: Panic Disorders 02-24-2007, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,269
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: EKG change with panic attack???

If you were having a panic attack then of course your heart rate will be eradic. You need to attack the panic dissorder and the heart issue. First of all if you are a little overweight start with...
Board: Panic Disorders 02-24-2007, 08:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,284
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Parnate...I don't like taking it

Parnate is a really old antidepressant and they are almost never prescribed anymore, so maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to switch. However, keep a journal of how you are feeling day by day so that...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-24-2007, 08:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 11,212
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: do you ever get no anxiety but the thoughts are still there?

All the time. Especially after using Xanax. The thoughts are the hardest thing to control. There is very little in the way of meds that will help you with that one. CBT and meditation are the...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-24-2007, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,305
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Is it REALLY OCD?

dktekno,

It sounds like it is different than the OCD syptoms. For instance, people with OCD do not have hallucinations. We also usually don't hear voices outside of our head, but we talk to...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-24-2007, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,115
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: changing paxil

I have heard of Paxil burn-out. This is when after many years of effectivity the drug simply stops working. My mother ran into this as well as others that I have chatted with on this board. It may...
Board: Anxiety 02-23-2007, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,898
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Please someone talk to me soon !

Actually you aren't on that many meds now anyway. You are only taking .5 mg 2x per day? I take 2 mg per day but I split it up into 4 doses. Morning, lunch, dinner and bedtime. It really helps to...
Board: Anxiety 02-23-2007, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 43,657
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Klonopin or Xanax??

That is a shame since Effexor causes severe dependency problems as bad or even worse than the Benzo's. It just has no street value like Klonopin. It is really a shame that doctors have to base...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-23-2007, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,520
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Any good reading on OCD?

Try "Stop Obsessing", "The OCD Workbook", and "Brain Lock". Brain Lock is especially good and I like how the author ties in the possibility of long term effects on the brain from the practice of...
Board: Anxiety 02-23-2007, 01:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 43,657
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Klonopin or Xanax??

Totally agree. I tried the XR and it was pretty much worthless. It lasts less than half as long as advertised and isn't as good as the original.

Later,
OE
Board: Anxiety 02-23-2007, 01:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,898
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Please someone talk to me soon !

Dinney,

I think you may need to lose some of the extra drugs you are taking and up your Xanax a little. See how that works. Also, meditation works really well for anxiety and panic. I would...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-23-2007, 06:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,149
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Since I was a child,

Sounds like tourettes syndrome which is a sister disease to OCD. They very often occur simultaneously. Do some research on tourettes syndrome and I am sure you will see your symptoms right away. I...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-23-2007, 06:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,120
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: infidelity thoughts/aids

Hope,

You are definitley not alone. Read "Stop Obsessing" and "Brain Lock". Both books are pretty short and will give you immense insight into your illness which in my opinion is definitely OCD!...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-23-2007, 06:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Is this related to OCD/Anxiety?

If you haven't had a psychotic break by now then it is unlikely you will. Most people with psychosis have their first break from reality in their late teen to early 20's. If you don't have visual...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-23-2007, 05:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,342
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: separating OCD thoughts from legitimate thoughts

You know.. The funny thing about OCD is all thoughts are created equal. The only way to relieve yourself of the anxiety causing thoughts is to be able to recognize them which sometimes can be very...
Board: Anxiety 02-23-2007, 05:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,226
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Anyone tried self-help books?

Likewise. I have had great success with meditation in particular, but in order for me to reduce my anxiety enough to practice it I had to take meds and still do. I take Xanax 2 mg per day. It from...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 02-22-2007, 06:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By ocdengineer
Board: Anxiety 02-22-2007, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,645
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: does anyone find meds make you worse?

I have tried almost all antidepressants and found them all horribly anxiety provoking. I quit taking meds almost 5 years ago until this last year after the birth of my first daughter. My anxiety...
Board: Anxiety 02-22-2007, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,224
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Fed up ofthis drunk out of it feeling .

Have either of you tried to get awy from the antidepressants? Many people have more side effects from them than they are worth. I take only Xanax and it helps BIG TIME! I honestly have hardly any...
Board: Anxiety 02-22-2007, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,504
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Klonopin in the day?

1 mg is very little. It should help you a lot.

Later,
OE
Board: Anxiety 02-22-2007, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,750
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Is it anxiety... or is it America?

Health plays a part as well as our culture of overwork. There are still people in 3rd world country who have intense fear every day of getting eaten by a Tiger or a Lion. They have the fear and it...
Board: Anxiety 02-22-2007, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,224
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Fed up ofthis drunk out of it feeling .

Get with your doctor and get off all your meds. I would think that would at least clear up your thought process and maybe help with some of the symptoms you are experiencing.

Is anxiety causing...
Board: Anxiety 02-22-2007, 06:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,042
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: What if you can't tolerate AD's

They are similar and from the same class of drug as Klonopin, but different in their duration of effectivity and time to work. The Ativan should act quikcer and last less time. It is a medium...
Board: Anxiety 02-22-2007, 06:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,504
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Klonopin in the day?

I am not positive about Klonopin, but I assume it is similar to Xanax since they are very similar in composition. Xanax actually causes me no drowsiness anymore. The drowsiness wore off after the...
Board: Anxiety 02-21-2007, 09:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 43,657
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Klonopin or Xanax??

Benzos (Xanax) is not addictive. See sticky post 1. I just wanted to try and dispell that myth. I am also a firm believer in Xanax and have also had quite a bit of success with it.

Later,
OE
Board: Anxiety 02-21-2007, 09:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,042
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: What if you can't tolerate AD's

Or you could temporarily or permanantly increase your dosage of Klonopin. I believe the 1.5 mg you are taking is fairly low and could easily be increased to help you with your additional anxiety.
...
Board: Panic Disorders 02-21-2007, 06:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,588
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: am I having panic attacks? how can I stop them?

Xanax will stop a panic attack immediately! It is a wonder drug. However all of the other sgeestions should be used in conjunction with medication. I also meditate. I have eliminated all...
Board: Panic Disorders 02-21-2007, 06:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,558
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Lorazepam

I take Xanax for my panic and anxiety and it works wonders. Xanax and Lorazepam are both benzdiazepenes and work in the same way. It has very few to no side effects except drowsiness, so don't...
Board: Anxiety 02-21-2007, 05:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 43,657
Posted By ocdengineer
Re: Klonopin or Xanax??

Pianoman,

In my experience the Xanax XR is just not as good as the regular. The regular version allows you more vesatility so that if you are feeling good one day you can drop your dose a little....
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