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  1. Just thought I'd jump in here to confirm that it is true that GPs are advised not to prescribe SSRIs to children under 16 as an initial treatment without any therapy taking place also, and the current guidelines are for them to make a referral to CAMHS in order for them to be prescribed by a psychiatrist. This is because of the higher risk of adverse reactions in children and teenagers (i.e. suicidality) compared to adults, so because of that they should be closely monitored by psychiatry (CAMHS) when on antidepressants. (I'm training to be a paediatric nurse and we've just had an intensive module on pharmacology and drugs)
  2. You're not a "nutjob", Petal. You have a (common) mental disorder that causes you to have faulty thinking patterns, and it isn't your fault. You wouldn't say to a person who had depression "what kind of nutjob thinks that they should kill themselves when they've got everything going for them in life?!" (Well, some people might but they're idiots!) Don't be too hard on yourself. What therapy have you had so far if any? Have you read any self-help books? I would recommend the Pulling the Trigger as a self-help book for OCD. It has a great section on learning how to accept you have a mental disorder (OCD) and then learning how to tackle it.
  3. Hi Petal. I've had similar doubts where I had "what if" thoughts such as "what if my partner raped me when I was asleep and I didn't know it?". This was triggered by reading a news report where this happened to a woman whose partner drugged and raped her every night for about 2 years and she had no idea until she found the recordings where he'd filmed it. Sickening I know. I felt a lot of anxiety when I had these thoughts (but I knew deep down it wasn't true in my situation). My compulsions included having to confess to my partner that I was having these thoughts as well as seeking reassurance. I also started to avoid sex and being intimate with him as it would trigger the thoughts again. It wasn't a happy time at all. However shortly after this debilitating episode I started my CBT therapy and was able to put this obsession to bed for good. You know what you need to do Petal. You've got to resist the urge to do any compulsions and not react to any anxiety that comes from this. Don't beat yourself up about doing a compulsion today, treat it as a slip-up but try and not let it happen again. Enjoy your new relationship Petal you deserve some happiness after everything that has happened!
  4. Propranolol for OCD?

    I'm the exact same Wonderer. My GP has prescribed me propranolol to take whenever I'm feeling physically anxious too. I haven't felt the need to take any yet but if/when I do it'll be interesting to see if it has any effect on my OCD.
  5. Yes! You'll have a great time bwelagain. Let us know what it's like when you go.
  6. What would your answer be if someone asked that question to you? Not one person here would say "yes you should let OCD win".
  7. Questioning attraction

    I get where you're coming from. I am like this sometimes with guys I work with etc. I've decided though to not focus too much on it and not ruminate on whether I felt something or not or what it might mean. I think the thing to do is to leave the question unanswered and go about your day. I know it is difficult to tolerate uncertainty over anything when we have OCD but recognising that we don't really need to know one way or another is a starting point.
  8. Questioning attraction

    Also, even if you do fancy her, the fact that you "need to be sure" that you do is also OCD. Most other people wouldn't really think about it that much. They would think "yeah she's cute" and go about their day, and not obsess over whether it meant they have a crush on them or not.
  9. Questioning attraction

    I think the fact that you're trying to work it out shows that it is OCD and that you don't actually fancy her. If you did fancy her you would just know and you wouldn't have to try and work it out. You've connected this Kate to the other Kate and because they share the same name you are wondering if you have a crush on this Kate too. Real life doesn't work like that but OCD-type thinking does, in that it looks for connections in things that aren't really there.
  10. I had a feeling this would happen which is why I didn't comment initially on your previous thread, as it looked to me like you were reassured by your diagnosis and that was why you were able to do all of those things such as go out shopping etc.... because you had used your diagnosis as reassurance and the relief you felt would only be temporary. However, don't be disheartened by this. Use this as an opportunity to push forward now with your CBT. Don't let OCD get a grip on you again. The most important thing you can do is to not do any compulsions when the doubting intrusive thoughts come into your head. That means no googling, no seeking reassurance and most importantly no ruminating. Ruminating is the hardest compulsion to refrain from doing as it feels like it's automatic, but with practice you can train yourself to stop ruminating and eventually not do it at all. Whenever you find yourself ruminating gently bring your focus back into the present moment and on what you were doing before you started ruminating or back to your current environment. When you ruminate you're "in your head", and the goal is to get out of your head and back into the present moment.
  11. HOW????

    Is this your video PB? It's very good!
  12. Obsessing over the past

    It's interesting that both Gemma and I have come to a different opinion over whether it's OCD or not! My reasoning for thinking it is OCD is because GBG says the thoughts about the past pop into her head at least once a day, and she is doing compulsions such as frequently seeking reassurance, googling, checking etc. For me the fact that she says the thoughts happen daily over an incident that happened a long time ago suggests it's OCD, as people without OCD would not ruminate over an incident that happened a long time ago every single day, get anxious over it and then do compulsions.
  13. Obsessing over the past

    Hi GBG, your partner is right that it is OCD. As you've already said it was a long time ago and the fact that you're obsessing and ruminating over it to me suggests it's OCD, as well as you frequently seeking reassurance from your partner. Just remember OCD sufferers tend to catastrophise everything, and you probably believe that how you behaved was horrendous and was MUCH worse than how other teenagers behaved when it probably wasn't. It's quite normal for teenagers to drink too much and then act badly. It doesn't excuse it but remember that you have grown up and stopped behaving like that and so you've moved on and learned from the experience. If you really want to make amends then I guess it wouldn't do any harm to contact the people involved and apologise for how you behaved back then, but I would ensure that this is only done once and then leave it at that. Don't use it as a gateway to further rumination or reassurance seeking etc. I guess it's your call on whether you do that or not. If it was me then I would do so only if I was still in contact with the people involved. If you haven't spoken to them in like 10+ years however then I would suggest it would be better to leave it in the past. That is how I would approach it anyway.
  14. Hi Gunter. I'm sorry for what happened to you. You clearly deserved better than that. You've got closure now though even though it's still upsetting but at least you can begin to move on with your life now. I would advise you to take some time out for yourself. Go out with your friends, spend time with family, do things that you enjoy and make you happy so you keep busy and distracted. That will make things a bit easier for you. Breakups are never easy but we can get through them.
  15. Don't Drink

    I see where you're coming from PB. I didn't stop drinking because it affected my OCD thoughts I mainly stopped because it just wasn't fun for me. I'd have a couple of drinks and feel sick and my mood would take a nosedive. So I didn't see the point in continuing to drink really!