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I am the parent of a 10-year-old who has contamination OCD. He was diagnosed in 2005. He used to wash his hands, and other parts of his body, all day long. He is much improved now, but still washes considerably more than the average person. He also has many of the same issues that you do - for example, after he has washed up, he wonders if he missed a spot and feels the need to go back and wash it again. I know it is distressing for him.

It is good that you have a psychiatrist and psychologist. What suggestions have they given you regarding how to deal with this? How long have you been taking Cymbalta and Geodon? Maybe you need to ask the psychiatrist if changing the meds might be helpful? My son switched from Prozac to Lexapro last year and that seemed to help him.

I know OCD is a horrible disorder and very few people truly understand the anguish that is causes. If a support group is available to you, it probably wouldn't hurt to join it. Hopefully, you will have better days soon. Good Luck!

Linda
[QUOTE=Linda in MI;3210572]I am the parent of a 10-year-old who has contamination OCD. He was diagnosed in 2005. He used to wash his hands, and other parts of his body, all day long. He is much improved now, but still washes considerably more than the average person. He also has many of the same issues that you do - for example, after he has washed up, he wonders if he missed a spot and feels the need to go back and wash it again. I know it is distressing for him.

It is good that you have a psychiatrist and psychologist. What suggestions have they given you regarding how to deal with this? How long have you been taking Cymbalta and Geodon? Maybe you need to ask the psychiatrist if changing the meds might be helpful? My son switched from Prozac to Lexapro last year and that seemed to help him.

I know OCD is a horrible disorder and very few people truly understand the anguish that is causes. If a support group is available to you, it probably wouldn't hurt to join it. Hopefully, you will have better days soon. Good Luck!

Linda

Hi Linda,

Thank you for your response. I have been on Cymbalta for 3 years, and I have been on Geodon for 5 months. I will ask my Psychiatrist about changing meds when I see her next month. The only suggestions that I have gotten are: Stay strong and don't give in because it will make it worse.

So I haven't gotten very many suggestions which is not good. It's too bad that your son has the same kind of OCD that I have. Is he doing better?
Just wondering. I have been on Lexapro before, and it didn't help me very much.

Well I have to go now. You take care and keep in touch. Let me know how your son is doing. Thank you for your advice, I really appreciate it.

From,
Sarah
Hello again Sari,

I have been doing MUCH, MUCH better the last few years, since I started taking Prozac.
I feel pretty ok now, with the occasional obsession (mostly scrupulosity) breaking through.
I am a person who likes to help, and sometimes I don't know where to stop. ;)

My OCD has been mostly about feeling responsible for everything and everybody, and some "superstitious" stuff.
It got so bad that I couldn't look out the window of say a bus or train without feeling immense anxiety, because I was afraid I would see something to obsess over and "have to" get off at the next stop or come back later. I was walking through the world trying not to see anything much, sometimes literally with my eyes closed, which made me sad, because the world can be beautiful!!

Kathrin
[QUOTE=Kathrin74;321***3]Hello again Sari,

I have been doing MUCH, MUCH better the last few years, since I started taking Prozac.
I feel pretty ok now, with the occasional obsession (mostly scrupulosity) breaking through.
I am a person who likes to help, and sometimes I don't know where to stop. ;)

My OCD has been mostly about feeling responsible for everything and everybody, and some "superstitious" stuff.
It got so bad that I couldn't look out the window of say a bus or train without feeling immense anxiety, because I was afraid I would see something to obsess over and "have to" get off at the next stop or come back later. I was walking through the world trying not to see anything much, sometimes literally with my eyes closed, which made me sad, because the world can be beautiful!!

Kathrin

Hi Kathrin,

How are you doing? I am doing okay. I am happy to hear that you are doing better with your OCD, that is good. I hope that I will do better with my OCD too. My OCD is just driving me crazy!!!! I really wish that it would stop. I guess it just takes time for me to get over it right? I really hate having OCD, it is ruining my life. I can't stand it anymore.

I have lost interest in alot of other things because of my OCD. My OCD is severe, it is really bad. When your OCD was bad, did you lose interest in other things? Just wondering is all.

Well I have to go now. So you take care and keep in touch.

Have a nice day!!!!

From,
Sarah
Hey Sari,

definitely ask your psychiatrist/psychologist about CBT. It is THE form of therapy for OCD. Does he/she know you have OCD?

It's funny, I also had already read "Brain Lock" when my therapist mentioned it, and I had found it interesting but like most everything else, that idnd't do much good. Somehow I just wasn't ready... Anyway, in the fall of 2000, while I was a student (ha, a psych major!!) things became gradually worse. My days were so stressful. I went back to the campus computer lab every night (except when they were closed for Thanksgiving. And that felt WEIRD)because I felt responsible for all the people in the chat rooms and on the message boards - it had become an obsession. I often stayed till 2AM. Then it took me about an hour on the bus to get home, on the other side of town PLUS I still had some other things to check on sometimes.
When I was riding a bus during the daytime I would often see things out of the corner of my eyes and then have to go check on them. I ended up walking/riding around mostly with my eyes closed or focused on something else. To ease the anxiety. That made me sad. I think I became depressed too. hat's when I reached my low point and suddenly knew I was ready for a change.

I think medication helped me a lot. I started taking Prozac. And I did some short term CBT, just during the month of my winter break, when I was back home. That therapist suggested "Brain Lock". I studied it again and this time was ready to make use of the information.

I probably can't say I have totally overcome my OCD. I obsess about some things sometimes. Mostly scrupulosity kind of things. But, hey: Managable. I do still take Prozac. Tried to go down slowly. Felt more obsessions creep back in. Increased a little bit again. Right now I take 30 mgs.

Kathrin
[QUOTE=Kathrin74;3230853]Hey Sari,

definitely ask your psychiatrist/psychologist about CBT. It is THE form of therapy for OCD. Does he/she know you have OCD?

It's funny, I also had already read "Brain Lock" when my therapist mentioned it, and I had found it interesting but like most everything else, that idnd't do much good. Somehow I just wasn't ready... Anyway, in the fall of 2000, while I was a student (ha, a psych major!!) things became gradually worse. My days were so stressful. I went back to the campus computer lab every night (except when they were closed for Thanksgiving. And that felt WEIRD)because I felt responsible for all the people in the chat rooms and on the message boards - it had become an obsession. I often stayed till 2AM. Then it took me about an hour on the bus to get home, on the other side of town PLUS I still had some other things to check on sometimes.
When I was riding a bus during the daytime I would often see things out of the corner of my eyes and then have to go check on them. I ended up walking/riding around mostly with my eyes closed or focused on something else. To ease the anxiety. That made me sad. I think I became depressed too. hat's when I reached my low point and suddenly knew I was ready for a change.

I think medication helped me a lot. I started taking Prozac. And I did some short term CBT, just during the month of my winter break, when I was back home. That therapist suggested "Brain Lock". I studied it again and this time was ready to make use of the information.

I probably can't say I have totally overcome my OCD. I obsess about some things sometimes. Mostly scrupulosity kind of things. But, hey: Managable. I do still take Prozac. Tried to go down slowly. Felt more obsessions creep back in. Increased a little bit again. Right now I take 30 mgs.

Kathrin

Hi Kathrin,

My Psychiatrist and Psychologist both know that I have OCD, and they both know that it is really severe. I will ask them about CBT and see if I can do it or not. Anyway I am really glad that you got over your OCD, that is good.
I hope that I will get over mine, it takes time right?

I am really sorry to hear that you had some bad times when you had OCD, that's awful. I am having some bad times right now, I walk really slow ( it's from the medication that I am on), I used to be a fast walker but now I am not. I am still taking Geodon and Cymbalta, Geodon is the one that is making me walk slow. Also I just can't seem to enjoy other things the way I used to, I have lost alot of interest in other things like: coloring, doing puzzles, and watching movies. It really sucks, I hate it.

I have an appointment with my Psychiatrist on Monday October 1st, and I have an appointment with my Psychologist on Tuesday October 2nd. The reason why I am seeing my Psychiatrist on Monday, is because I might need a medication change. Also the reason why I am seeing my Psychologist on Tuesday is because I still need therapy for my OCD. So I am hoping that everything will go well with my appointments.

I will let you know what my Psychiatrist and Psychologist tell me okay?

I have to go now so you take care and keep in touch.

From,
Sarah ;)
SSRIs are a class of antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. That is, they work mostly on serotonin. SSRIs are Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa and one or two others. I thought Cymbalta too.

Kathrin
[QUOTE=Kathrin74;3239083]SSRIs are a class of antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. That is, they work mostly on serotonin. SSRIs are Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa and one or two others. I thought Cymbalta too.

Kathrin

Hi Kathrin
I was curious so I looked it up
Cymbalta is in a class of medications called selective SNRIs (selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor)
It's a bit different as it also works on the pain symptoms too
[QUOTE=Kathrin74;3239083]SSRIs are a class of antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. That is, they work mostly on serotonin. SSRIs are Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa and one or two others. I thought Cymbalta too.

Kathrin

Hello Kathrin,

Okay thanks for posting that. I didn't know that. Is Lexapro a SSRI? Just wondering. So do you think that it is okay for me to shower every 3 days? My Psychologist thinks that I should and tells me that it is okay to do that. I am still really worried that I am going to a week without taking a shower or a bath again. That happened before about 2 or 3 years ago, and I told you about that.

Well I can't think of anything else to say so you take care and keep in touch.

Have a great day!!!!!

From,
Sarah :)