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  2. My triggers are often real events. If I make a mistake , eg forget to wash my hands (and I mean genuinely forget , like before preparing lunch or after visiting loo etc) or I accidently knock someone etc etc then ocd exaggerates the consequences . Knowing its ocd helped a lot. Meds and therapy too. Lots of self help books and constant relapse prevention and not getting complacent help too. When a trigger comes I find if I can discipline myself to get busy it passes quickly. It's like fighting the urge to ruminate . I see the urge as wolves I have to conquer and it helps me fight the
  3. I have been on Sertraline 200mg for 2 years. I am lucky that have tolerated them really well. No side effects at all. I have made a lot of good progress with OCD recovery using CBT. It's difficult to identify what impact each had. I decided to stick with it. I am now on the harder parts of CBT, which I am struggling with. Veale says it's fine to go up to 400mg daily. I trust him. I feel if it can help me to get to fill recovery, it would be really good. Any views on this?
  4. I have been on Sertraline 200mg for 2 years. I am lucky that have tolerated them really well. No side effects at all. I have made a lot of good progress with OCD recovery using CBT. It's difficult to identify what impact each had. I decided to stick with it. I am now on the harder parts of CBT, which I am struggling with. Veale says it's fine to go up to 400mg daily. I trust him. I feel if it can help me to get to fill recovery, it would be really good. Any views on this?
  5. Thank you for all your replies. I had a couple of massive triggers today which made me realise maybe I aren't as ready as I thought. I'm very overworked and stressed which I think brought them on but ocd led my response. I feel I need to do a bit more work than I realised. My daughter is on same meds as me as the issues run in family. My sister takes meds successfully and my mum won't and still suffers extensively.I am definitely the person who when I come off , needs to go back on. It's more that the side effects are getting me down than the meds themselves which help me so m
  6. Has anybody here had treatment at Oxford? If so, what did you think of it?
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  8. Caramoole, I should have expanded on my post. I actually agree with you. In sum total, a lot of the sufferers here who have been doing well on meds then stop them, for lack of a better term, fall flat on their face. OCD rears its ugly head and they're tight back to that awful place. However (and this is the part I missed), so often the reason things go bad is that those sufferers do not have a plan in place to deal with the inevitable return of symptoms, and/or do not follow through with that plan. I am not saying no one should ever come off meds. But I can't count how many time
  9. I am also at University^ What you studying?
  10. Nikki as others have said this is your ocd and it sounds like this has been a concern for you. I understand as a parent myself I have ocd harm fears about my kids. I was diagnosed 25 years ago, but of course can remember times that I had ocd long before then, starting at like 3 years old. Anyway my current ocd fears I feel are the worst I have dealt with. Good luck.
  11. Thank you Snowbear. I will take what you said on board very well. 😃
  12. Talk to your doc cause I have been on venlafaxine on and off for years. It usually takes effect faster than other ssris.
  13. Yes I have been seeing a professional and I am on meds but it’s just kind of like things happen and trigger my anxiety and ocd.
  14. I’d recommend clomipramine for sure but it has to be your decision. They don’t always have the same effect on every individual though.
  15. I'm a nervous wreck and am suffering from terrible false memories surrounding writing awful things about people. I could do with a clearer head!
  16. It’s normal to want it to work quickly, I’m the same! I have tried Sertraline and fluoxetine in the past and found that they didn’t do much for me either. I would say it took around 5 weeks to start having an effect on me. I’m not sure exactly what it has helped with but I can tell I am a lot calmer, less panic attacks, clearer head and generally my mood is improved
  17. It's not easy for anyone! Every person here isstruggling (or has struggled) with the same difficulty. But if you want things to change there comes a time you have to push through the difficulty regardless. You're lucky - you have a strong motive (spending quality time with your daughter.) Those with a reason to change usually do better than those without motive. Use that to your advantage. When you catch yourself ruminating on having hurt your child, remind yourself you could be doing far more harm by letting OCD steal away the time you have with her. Switch the thoughts from 'What if I h
  18. Hey H, I know it seems a short time but I feel not one jot of benefit. I guess I'm impatient because I feel so bad. Tell me about the Clomipramine, how long did it take to help and what symptoms particularly does it help you with?
  19. I would love to do that cos at the moment I’m spending so much time ruminating that I should be spending enjoying my child. That’s sad to me, very sad. I don’t know why but trusting I didn’t do harm seems not to come easy to me.
  20. Hi Blondie, 5 weeks doesn’t seem like a long time to allow the medication to have had an effect. It may be worth giving it a little more time. Having said that, I am on clomipramine and have found it to be really effective for me.
  21. I feel your pain. It's a curse! Keep fighting x
  22. This is where you have to start trusting yourself. Accept that your attempts to check and analyse the situation after the event are the problem rather than what you did/felt/thought at the time. It's only OCD that is insisting on answers, making it feel important and threatening imaginary bad consequences. Tell yourself it's unimportant and it's ok to let it go.
  23. Good Evening All, I have been taking Venlafaxine for around 5 weeks with absolutely no benefit at all. I have my phone call tomorrow with the head doc and I was thinking of asking to try Clomipramine. I have been on Sertraline previously for some years and tried fluoxetine for a short time too. Any thoughts or ideas on this? Thanks for reading x
  24. Keep sitting with it, it’ll pass well done you!
  25. Hi @Mulligan, I hope you are okay. Well done for opening up and sharing. Are you seeing anyone professionally to help you?
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