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About taurean

  • Birthday 27/04/1950

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  1. Vit D supplement plus SAD lamp work fine for me on lifting mood (other than OCD secondary depression when episodic with OCD).
  2. It isn't too dangerous to do exposures. It feels like it, especially with harm themes. But if we don't do the exposure and response prevention we won't improve to a state of management or better - rather we will worsen. The real-life story of Aviator Howard Hughes is a case in point. By believing everything his OCD said and not challenging fighting reducing compulsions Howard slipped from being a powerful entrepreneur to a confined at home recluse totally consumed by contamination fears. It's not unusual to have obsessions of throwing oneself off bridges and heights, jumping out of a moving car, and such things. I have experiences of the first. I am wondering if the reason you haven't progressed is because you haven't challenged the OCD core belief - your fears of committing suicide in some way - with full exposure and response prevention sessions. Until you are able to successfully work through and beyond correct exposure and response prevention you will stay stuck. What is worse. The short term fear and anxiety from facing the anxiety through some sessions of ERP, and discovering the anxiety falling off? Or carrying on with the fear and threat belief, resulting in continuing distress and anxiety?
  3. is is one of the problems when a relapse occurs. It can get out of hand. The EMDR is a simple process it will either be beneficial or not. go into it prepared to have a few sessions and believe it might help. Nothing works if we go into it doubting it. I don't think we actually go back to square 1 - we don't lose the work previously done - something just dominates our focus and we respond with , as we know of course, unhelpful compulsions. Carrying out compulsions makes things worse . So focus in giving the EMDR a good chance, one session won't do it, and chip away at those compulsions.
  4. Here is what I had, then called REMD rapid eye movement desensitisation. My therapist asked me to focus on the the trigger thought and not fight it, let it in as per ERP. Then after a little while she placed her finger in front of my eyes and asked me to keep holding the intrusive thought, but also follow her finger. She then began rapidly moving her finger from side to side such that I had to work very hard to keep following the finger with my eyes and did this for a while. This would challenge the focus on the intrusion, give the brain something extra to think about and the idea is that it desensitises the thought. My view. Another therapy tool, and depending on how powerful and how frequent the intrusions are, and the response of the individual, it may help. In my view, the more therapy tools we have in our toolbox the more options we have.
  5. Hi Go to the search field top right. Put in EMDR refine the search to topics, and titles only. Hit search and view the results.
  6. At the OCD-UK conference a week last Saturday I spoke to a few people as I was thinking of switching med to Sertraline. Fluoxetine and Sertraline were highly valued. Both doctors I have consulted favoured Sertraline for OCD. Another forum member has told me Setraline had a very supportive effect. So I am going through the process of giving Sertraline a try. What any med may actually do for anyone is subjective, individuals do respond differently. My doctors seem to think I will be OK with Sertraline. In general side effects may be shortlived, but I couldn't tolerate Fluoxetine side effects even beyond four weeks though many can and acclimatise OK - including my own sister.
  7. Had a flu jab yesterday. A bit sniffly today but making sure I keep warm and hydrated.

  8. It was excellent and I truly hope Lollipop has kick-started the recovery journey. So many people I spoke to had made a very big commitment to make the journey to get to conference, some of them with significant inhibition to their lives as a result of the disorder. I think they will have found some inspiration and there is so so much benefit to learn from such eminent specialists as the speakers, and to share experiences and suggestions by talking to others. I also take my hat off to the dedication and commitment of friends and family of sufferers, who also made the journey with them. It's difficult having that relationship with sufferers - it's so hard to see their struggles, to cope with their moods and angst. There are wonderful wonderful supporters and carers out there and it was a privilege to meet with some of those.
  9. Just received a cheque from premium bonds for £25. I will be donating it to OCD-UK. So much good work done for so many. 

    1. taurean


      I doubled this and donated £50 :) 

  10. We will have our views. Personally I think a young person in a very poor state of hypersensitivity with three different themes might just be adversely affected. I see a slow process of gradual understanding and gaining success with say one theme then moving on and upwards applying the learning to another theme as a better option at this stage. But maybe some contact with the young persons lead and young persons ambassadors at the charity might gradually be beneficial. The charity do have some useful material for helping young people understand OCD. Just my own thinking of course.
  11. It's a tough one. Since she has various different themes I think your concern may be sensible. Maybe it would be better to source an OCD workbook and work through that with her. Workbooks code down the themes of OCD, the fears related to them and the compulsions she carries out as safety behaviours to, in the sufferer’s mind, prevent the fears coming true. As you have probably picked up, OCD lies, fabricates, exaggerates or revulses. With the theme of something bad will happen to someone I love if I don't carry out the compulsions, that's magical thinking. The vomiting may be revulsion and/or contamination fears. The contamination may be exaggeration of nil or minimum risk. Working through one of these themes would show this cognitive understanding, then would take her into changing her behavioural response by reducing compulsions and realising nothing bad or so fearful actually happens. Then sitting with the fear and sessions of exposure and response prevention until the threat fear reduces and anxiety drops down. Might be best to work on one theme at a time . There are a number of deep different themes going on. Starting on one theme and making some progress would give her some solace and hope whilst more help arrives. You will find one available from the OCD-UK shop on the main OCD-UK website.
  12. Sounds worth doing. If they press me I can say been all through it in CBT with specialists already plus see my previous record. I suppose if I get to the local mental health team that's different, they should understand. It would actually be good to. There wasn't any funding before, and last time my GP offered me IAPT which I said I didn't need.
  13. The problem is you get 10 mins - or a little longer - to state your piece. I am 69 and OCD has been on my record since I was diagnosed at 50. So in theory I can say I am having a bad time, need med review perhaps from specialist probably need referral to the mental health team. I would think I shouldn't need the OCD-UK paper but may take it along.
  14. Last two discussions I had, the moment you say the theme of your OCD is harm it gets difficult. It's on my records anyway because they put it on there before, but I did explain that these are unwanted obsessional thoughts. I shall simply mention wanting a treatment review as I am badly struggling.
  15. I do need to keep myself busy in retirement, but without regular commitment.
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