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legalseagull

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  1. Thanks for your opinion BelAnna. You put it really well. Yes the way I think and behave definitely fits with OCD not solely emetophobia. The therapist has only met my faulty mind twice, I've lived with it for 31 years. It's not her fault; I've not told her the full extent of it all. This is because she said they only offer 4 sessions, then maybe 2 more. This doesn't seem like nearly enough time to get bogged down in too much detail. I'm actually pretty good with going out. I force myself to do it as I know I'll get seriously depressed if I stay in all the time. It would be another victory for OCD. It does cause extreme anxiety though and sometimes I just can't do it. I'm always on edge in case someone is sick or I touch something germy. Sometimes I end up going home cos I'm panicking. Please try and go out more. I know it's hard but staying in is no way to live. Get someone to support you with this. You deserve to get better.
  2. One question BelAnna; how do you know you have OCD? My therapist is arguing that I have emetophobia with 'OCD traits' whereas I say I have OCD where the main focus is my terror of vomit. Does it even matter?
  3. Hi BelAnna Things are pretty bad at the moment. I keep getting bad anxiety that comes out of nowhere and makes me feel sick - which of course makes me panic more ...and feel more sick. I'm also finding it hard to leave the house. Yes I have lots of safety behaviours and avoidance but I'm trying to cut them down. On a more positive note, my therapist really seems to be making an effort to help and so far, both times has seen me for a full hour. Much better than the 15 min appointments I got last time I had CBT. Sorry things aren't good for you. Don't give up.
  4. Yes my OCD is all about vomit too. It gets much worse in winter. I find December the absolute worse time for my fears. All we can do is carry on fighting it. I've just started CBT again so I'm going to have to challenge my fears at the most stressful and germy time of year. Oh well I guess that's a good thing.
  5. Worried

    Yes definitely tell your therapist. They won't be able to help if they don't know what the problem is. I have a similar thing. I'm so terrified of vomiting that I don't trust anything I eat. Things will get better, it just takes hard work.
  6. Hello

    A phone assessment is pretty normal these days. Also normal is waiting six weeks for an appointment. I think it's wrong of them to say your son's on the autistic spectrum based on a phone call though. Not sure what you can do while waiting except read up on OCD and carry on supporting him. Don't be afraid to badger the doctor again if you don't hear something soon.
  7. I'd say that going back to the GP is worth a try. Explain how bad the situation is getting. When your son sees someone at CAMHS they should start a course of CBT with him. In the meantime get a good book on CBT for OCD so you know how best to help him. Sorry I'm not more helpful. Hang in there and don't be afraid to keep on asking for help from the professionals.
  8. Therapy ending

    Is there any chance of being referred on somewhere else? It seems a shame to do nothing if you and the therapist agree you've not made much progress.
  9. I know what you mean Belanna about still being terrified of sickness. I've also had CBT for OCD and emet together and then emet on it's own but it's only taken a tiny edge off the fear. Last time I got help I was told it was 'too difficult' to do anything with. I'm not letting that put me off tho, I have a phone assessment tomorrow for more CBT.
  10. Coping or recovering?

    Agree!
  11. Coping or recovering?

    Thanks for your replies. You're right Ashley I think recovery is what we should aim for. That's a lot more attainable with a specialist and 20+ sessions. My experience is 5 sessions lasting 20 minutes with a therapist who told me my OCD was too difficult. Snowbear you've pretty much described the last 30 years of my life - coping, managing (or pretending to) and not really getting anywhere. Thank you so much, you've really helped. Bruces, sounds like you've had similar rubbish experiences to me. It's not surprising that some NHS therapists talk about managing OCD when they're only able to offer limited sessions. Maybe try again with someone better? I'm currently waiting for more CBT. This time I feel more inclined to push for recovery and not be fobbed off with rubbish, short sessions.
  12. People have given good advice. Just want to add my support as someone who has the same OCD/vomit phobia. I know it's not a case of simply being scared of vomit - it's being absolutely terrified. We both know it's daft and irrational but that's OCD! All you can do is keep fighting it. It's so hard to have any kind of life with this fear, I know it ruins everything. Believe that the hard work will pay off and a more exciting life is possible.
  13. In another thread Snowbear said something about coping with OCD being a waste of time, we should be aiming for recovery (not a direct quote, sorry I've just took the gist of your meaning). Anyway I absolutely agree with that. It's just a bit disappointing that whenever I've had CBT recovery is never offered as a possibility. I've always been told that managing it is the best I can hope for. Anyone had an NHS therapist who's been confident of recovery?
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