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About taurean

  • Birthday 27/04/1950

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 :) 

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I do need to keep myself busy in retirement, but without regular commitment.
  9. Thanks for that malina. It's always been an episodic problem with me and despite so much treatment and knowledge it can still take root and become more than a blip. I am taking an honourable retirement from the main forums in general. I need less time considering OCD and more time for hobbies and other interests.
  10. I think that is probably good. I am not sure how my appointment will go, but OCD has been on my records for 19 years so that may help.
  11. I don't have the greatest hope about this, the last time I needed to see a GP about this I had such difficulties as you with less experienced doctors. But I do have in my corner OCD-UK. Why am I going? I have experienced a bad relapse after a really good two year period. So I want to see if a change of meds, maybe the addition of antipsychotics might help. But I doubt the GP will understand the stepped model on the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Guidance) model for treatment of OCD, which allows for such consideration and augmentation of treatment. My financial circumstances are such that I can again, if need be, go privately for more treatment - since 2001, when needed, I have gone for CBT treatment privately, initial through my firms medical insurance, then on my own when cover limits were reached. I may need to refer to a private psychiatrist specialising in OCD to try adding an antipsychotic drug if considered worth trying. Or switch SSRI.
  12. It makes you almost want to have a checking magical thinking or other type of OCD. But no type of OCD is good
  13. I am seeing a GP on Tuesday to consider where we are with my OCD as I have been struggling badly last two months. I have the same issue with harm OCD. When with a specialist they understand, GPS don't. Yet harm OCD is very commonplace. I presume GPs are required to do continuous professional development. A module on the essentials of the common types of OCD seems badly overdue.
  14. In CBT I was encouraged to use a journal when in a period of distress. And to use a thought log when carrying out ERP. This was valuable used as an ERP exercise. It enabled me to keep track of progress on my triggers, rating the anxiety before, then again after, the period of letting the thoughts in, not fighting THEM, really experiencing them full on. Seeing an obsessional thought written down is powerful. We have to come out of our comfort zone to do it, which is of course part of the exercise. When people on the forum hide behind acronyms like POCD you sense they may be practising avoidance. When we write down our intrusions in a journal , or in a thought log in ERP, we are opening up to them. And in the journal we can make observations about our cognitive understanding of what is behind that intrusion that makes it an OCD one.
  15. The exposure work is great and an inspiration to us. But until you have the cognitive awareness to challenge the underlying core belief that is yelling threat at you I suppose that is all you can practically do. Have you any idea how long the wait might be for that therapy?
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