OCD and money worries.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:00 PM
Has anyone else been in this sort of mess?
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:14 PM
I would be back onto the mental health team again and see if you can get some more help
Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:03 PM
Edited by skyedge, 28 August 2012 - 10:16 PM.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:17 AM
I got in a real mess with my OCD - not financially as my husband was fortunately in a good job and took over running the home in terms of bills and so on. I lost my job and was really quite poorly for a number of years. At one point I had a room full of washing to be done - everything was contaminated and I couldn't keep up with the washing - I often had nothing to wear or had to dry myself on T-shirts and so on as all the towels - which I kept buying and buying became contaminated.
Also I thought my household rubbish was 'too contaminated' for the dustmen to take so it built up in our backyard and I ended up buying more and more dustbins to accommodate it.
Thoughts really were skewed and rational thoughts were out the window.
However with medication and treatment my OCD really improved and I would say I don't have it any more. I am back at work and generally living a 'normal' life. I wasn't better overnight but I would say that I was only this bad for 2 or 3 years and then I started the slow climb to recovery - I was out of work for 8 years but during that time I did get gradually better until i could take on some voluntary work which led to me getting a job.
It would be really good if your partner would come on here - he will find people who have had similar thoughts and fears and also he would see that some people do make real improvements in their life.
Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:39 PM
It's always great to hear success stories and I'm glad to hear of your recovery. My partner has been in therapy for 8 years and has seen the best that there is but remains entrenched. I don't know what the trigger was for your recovery. I don't know what his will need to be. I love him but it's really difficult to maintain any romantic feelings for my partner. It's like dealing with a stubborn, contrary child most of the time. I don't feel sexual towards him. I feel like a carer. I don't want him to end up on the scrap heap but I'm fed up with the constant responsibility that has been dumped on me. C'est la vie. There is no help really, is there?
Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:47 PM
Feal the fear and do it anyway.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:59 AM
On the practical side, Ive looked at the few sites for you and MIND suggest getting in touch with your local branch. It would be good for you to talk to someone who understands. Ive also found this guide, which is full of practical suggestions and ideas on where to get help http://images.moneys...healthguide.pdf
Does he actually help he has financial problems?
Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:18 PM
Thanks for the link. The last time we spoke to Birmingham MIND they told us they didn't provide support for people with OCD? Am also not sure what your last question means? Suffice to say, he's seen the best and by that I mean a 9 week residential stay in London with the experts in the field on top of 8 years of therapy locally. It didn't change anything other than to give his local Mental Health Trust the excuse to say: "Well, if you've seen the best and didn't respond then we've got nothing to offer you locally." And, consequently, have more or less left him to his own devices. He's missed appointments because he can't leave the flat because his clothes are "contaminated" but other than that he has actively sought medical intervention. They Trust don't address this issue, just rearrange the appointment. But the big issue is always that CBT is the only way forward and he can't/won't engage with it except under supervision and doesn't do the homework. It doesn't help him, he says. He tries but fails. It is too painful. But his inability to engage seems to be regarded by the Medical Fraternity as his fault -- that the victim is to blame for his failure to recover and not the disease -- at least that's the impression I get. So they effectively give up. Meanwhile his debts mount and I'm worried sick.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:47 PM
Im really surprised by MIND and I will actually check that out, as I dont understand why that should be.
Was he at the Maudsley for the 9 weeks?
Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:22 PM
Yes, I too was surprised at MIND given that the mission statement on their website says: "MIND believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. And we’ll push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem." All Birmingham MIND's telephone helpline did was to say they didn't deal with OCD and referred us to two or three OCD organisations' websites/contact numbers -- which were invariably engaged -- and a local monthly OCD meet group which my partner is reluctant to attend.
Re. Benefitts. No, he is not claiming because he is not eligible for reasons I do not wish to discuss on an open forum. Suffice to say, if it wasn't for the generosity of his parents and family friends then I think he would already be on the streets. When I learned of his debts I advised him to tell his parents who are reasonably wealthy though elderly. His response was that if they knew the amount, they would "drop dead." He won't tell me the amount. I think he is in denial about the whole situation. When I told him I couldn't stand living with the debt hanging over our head his only solution was to suggest he commit suicide. Yes, it's that serious. Or is he being a drama queen? Who knows! I think he's a survivor. And in the circumstances, I do find that admirable.
And yes he was at Maudsley.
Thank you for listening and for caring.
Edited by skyedge, 31 August 2012 - 11:25 PM.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:12 AM
If you need to talk personal details and perhaps need further advice then why not give ashley a email. Which is firstname.lastname@example.org and i am certain
he would help you as best he can with everything
Tkae care. And of course look after yourself as well
Feal the fear and do it anyway.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:28 PM
In the meantime you have to look after yourself first and foremost. Try not to do to anything that enables his behaviour.
Sorry to hear things are so bad. I agree Legend that you should mail Ashley, he is very helpful.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:33 PM
I had some debts which i wiped out with a debt relief order. It's like a smaller version of bankruptcy. If this sounds suitable then the national debt line can help you. Good luck.
By the way this really sorted me out and gave me a fresh start in life. I have become very good at managing my finances.
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Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:43 PM
Has he been on a low dose of anti pyschotic along with his other med? That might help fight it. In the end a pill will not make it better but will take the edge off the anxiety. The four steps, ERP and cbt are great. I hope you both find peace soon. yMy ocd is gone now _ I hope he can get there soon too. While waiting for therapist sit use four steps. Take care x
Always try to remember your good days, you can always get back to there, with a bit of distraction doing things you enjoy and letting time pass
Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:41 PM
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