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  1. Despite my reluctance to go for CBT I eventually did and found it helpful. I'm now reducing my medication in the hope that I've learned enough to manage my OCD without it.
  2. Something it took me ages to learn but this forum really helped with that (the message slowly filtered through) and it's really thanks to OCD-UK that I'm now in therapy and prepared to do the work.
  3. I get this too and it's known as Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and it's extremely irritating - it isn't unknown for it to affect the arms too, despite its name. It's annoying, very annoying, but as far as I'm aware that's all it is.
  4. Christmas Crackers

    What do you call Rudolph with lots of snow in his ears? Anything you want he can't hear you!
  5. I think my comment about mood was made before then and I've already said myself, and within this thread, that diet and exercise are important. Of course they are, even for a perfectly healthy person - that should go without needing to be said it's just common sense. I was already aware of your circumstances and feel for you. I regret getting involved in this thread, I'm not really up to heated debates.
  6. I haven't made any assumptions about the level of depression suffered by yourself - I was merely expressing my opinion that, in general, diet is more likely to affect mood than severe depression to the extent that it no longer exists. My main diagnosis is severe OCD and I feel that if I didn't suffer from OCD I wouldn't suffer from depression either, but it seemed to me that depression was being belittled and in my opinion it's as devastating a disorder as OCD when it's severe. I'm glad to hear healthy eating helps your depression and don't doubt that there are many, many others who wish it was that simple for them too. But if somebody feels they might be suffering from depression than my view is that they should seek help from a health professional rather than relying on "alternatives".
  7. Chicken and egg. Did poor diet contribute to depression or did depression contribute to poor diet. Of course people are going to be advised to eat healthily and take exercise, I don't doubt that both can improve mood. When people are severely depressed often diet, exercise and looking after themselves in general goes out of the window. As I mentioned previously in this thread, it's one of the diagnostic criteria. When I was severely depressed, a few years ago, I wasn't looking after myself at all and that includes things like washing and bathing...... I didn't want to live.
  8. One of the first things I learned, when I went to university, was to be selective with regard to "studies". For every one saying one thing there will be another saying something else entirely. I don't think anybody is disagreeing with you that diet and exercise can help severe depression, but it most certainly isn't a cure all.
  9. I understand what you're referring to, Tricia. I wonder how the families of those who have actually committed suicide would feel to be told that all their loved ones had to do was change their diets...... if indeed, their diets even needed changing.
  10. If only it was that simple...... There are different types of depression and whilst 'mood' can be improved by diet and exercise, depression is another kettle of fish entirely. Depression is an illness just like OCD is and when it's severe is known as MDD or Major Depressive Disorder and something you cannot avoid by diet alone anymore than you could avoid OCD by diet alone. Both OCD and depression can probably be improved to by diet, to an extent - after all, a healthy diet is important to mind and body, but it's more likely to occur when both disorders are mild. Depression is as misused a term as OCD can be sometimes. I have suffered from depression and OCD since childhood, and when both began, my diet was perfectly healthy. A few years ago I was a hair's breadth from suicide because of OCD and depression and again, prior to that, my diet was perfectly healthy and I was getting plenty of exercise. I wonder if those who have had to resort to measures as drastic as bariatric surgery think their "pleasure based" addiction to food was a doddle to give up......
  11. Nobody can dispute that diet is important and certainly factors in mental well being, but often people's diets are poor because they suffer from severe depression, or major depressive order. One of the things health professionals look for, to reach a diagnosis, is a change in diet, appetite and weight.
  12. When you're suffering from depression and/or anxiety it's incredibly difficult to look after yourself and eat properly etc.
  13. Just a quick update on this. My husband rang them yesterday and I managed to talk to them myself and explain what was worrying me. They were very nice and helpful and it seems they do offer CBT as well and the appointment I've got is for an assessment. Thanks again for your advice and support.
  14. Thank you all for the suggestions and advice - it's much appreciated. I tend to avoid speaking on the telephone if I can, but my husband will ring them for me and there's an email address. My husband wants to simply cancel the appointment though because it's had me in tears (it doesn't take much unfortunately) and is stressing me quite a lot and I have to say it seems a less stressful solution. Hopefully, I should have another appointment with my psychiatrist soon (my husband's going to ring them to find out when it's likely to be) and I can discuss it with her. The question she (the psychiatrist) asked of me though was would I go for CBT - had I been asked would I go for counselling I wouldn't have agreed. I'm not a particularly talkative person anyway, but I have my husband to talk to.