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  1. Positive

    Agree 100 per cent.
  2. OCD is horrible

    Yes but it seems to me that you are only saying "something silly" after cherry picking a response for reassurance?
  3. OCD is horrible

    Lily you are doing it again and again and again. Do you not realise the kindness and consideration people who are STILL suffering are giving to you? I think at some point you are either going to be moderated or excluded for a while to reflect on your posts. It's not a nasty thing by the administrators - it's a good thing in a way as it gives you time to reflect on your repetitive posts. We all know your distress but come on - you've had so much advice over the last x months.
  4. The way I see it (just my view) is that reassurance as I and others have explained is the KILLER for an OCD sufferer. I doubt very much that the kind and considerate people who are taking the time to respond to your posts are "tired" of you but ultimately (as far as I know) you are receiving treatment and all the rumination and posting long posts about your thoughts, feelings and "urges" is not going to help you. I use the members' section more now but I know how distressed you are - take on board the advice long-term sufferers of OCD (and we aren't professionals) are giving you and attempt to realise that a) appropriate therapy is key and b) the thoughts and "urges" are a manifestation of a very cruel condition. Please (if you reply) don't say "but, but, but". Best wishes, Phil.
  5. If you stay in bed ruminating you're pretty much guaranteed to feel worse believe me.
  6. I know Roy and thank you as always. I think I'm putting too much emphasis on the tranquilliser issue instead of realising the panic attacks can be part and parcel of the life of an anxiety sufferer? I don't know. I have no answers other than that I'm shocked when they happen intermitantally (excuse grammar as always).
  7. Thank you Skull - it feels to (just me) that the aftermath of a panic attack can cause a lot of mixed feelings. e.g. Am I going mad? How did I deal with it? Was it noticeable to other people that I was distressed? I've always found a lot of embarrassment around PA's but why?
  8. Thanks friends. It just feels a bit disorientating to be honest.
  9. To be honest Roy I feel somewhat demoralised by yesterday's PA.
  10. Some very thoughtful posts when I logged on just now. Thank you friends.
  11. Unfortunately as I've discovered on this great forum some people unfortunately became dependent on benzos. On the positive side there are people who were on them for years managed to get off them and have the kindness to offer wise and compassionate advice.
  12. Jess and Skullpops - thanks so much for the responses. I'm ok - in a way after an "unexpected" panic attack and although calmed down I feel like I'm in a sort of state of "shock". I wanted to run home and take a pill but I can't do that as I've committed myself to a voluntary tranquilliser withdrawal program. I just feel drained, disorientated and scared. I've offered people advice about panic attacks and yet WHEN I have one I can't seem to follow the advice I've given to others. Thank you again. Phil.
  13. Fight or flight kicked in earlier and I chose the former when I was out but I feel wretched now. I KNOW they are "harmless" but when they occur seemingly out of the blue I feel terrified.
  14. My issue with food

    Apart from home-made chicken faijtas I don't like touching meat or meat products generally. I can PREPARE meat but it takes a lot of resolve which is why (not my sort of food anyway) I've never had KFC or other chicken based "food" (after today's news!) or even a kebab. When I go to a BBQ or when I was less "ill" we would have BBQs in our garden but anything I ate was wrapped in kitchen roll/napkins such as a chicken wing.