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  1. Emsie

    Merry OCD Christmas!

    Thank you Ollie. A Merry Christmas to you too. May it be as OCD free as possible. X
  2. I just wanted to point out that in my post above about Sertraline I did say that: ‘The BNF also states that its not known to be harmful whilst breastfeeding’ But, on the BNF/NICE website (that there is a link for on the OCD UK website page about Sertraline), it actually says the following about Sertraline and breastfeeding: Not known to be harmful but consider discontinuing breast-feeding. I just wanted to make that clear to everyone and not be misleading in any way because the BNF/NICE website page about Sertraline does say that extra bit, that is consider discontinuing breastfeeding. Just wanted to be completely clear and not mislead anyone as I feel my comment was biased and not the full picture regarding the BNF/NICE information about Sertraline and breastfeeding.
  3. Hi Ashley, thank you for your reply. So glad you didn’t mind my comments. I’ll email you in a min about it. Thank you, Em
  4. Hi Ashley, I hope you don't mind me saying this, but I've just read your summary of Sertraline on the main website and to me it's a little bit strong in relation to pregnancy and breatfeeding. When I clicked on the link on the OCD UK website to the NHS choices information on Sertraline I felt that it gave a much more rounded description. For example, on the OCD UK website it states that Sertraline does pass in to breast milk, but it is in tiny amounts, which I feel is an important thing to add. The BNF also states that its not known to be harmful whilst breastfeeding. With regards to pregnancy as stated on the NHS website, Sertraline is associated with a very small increased risk of problems to the unborn baby. I do feel that it's only a little bit strong, but enough to cause a bit of undue worry. If I'd read your website when I was pregnant, I would of been worried. But, if I'd read the NHS choices website it wouldn't have worried me. I think because the information on the OCD UK website is concise, a bit of important detail has been lost. Obviously, this is close to my heart because I took sertraline throughout my pregnancy and during breastfeeding. It never worried me because my Consultant explained it to me. My OCD never attached itself to it and I never googled it. But, if I was pregnant or breastfeeding now, I think I would be concerned if I read the OCD UK website information. The reason I say that is because it did give me a bit of a pang of anxiety when I read it. Maybe that's my OCD, as one of my themes is causing accidental harm to my daughter, so please feel free to ignore. It's very hard for me to be objective. I don't know if you'll see this Ashley, but if you do, I hope you don't mind me saying this. I just thought that maybe you could take a look and see what you think. Dawnie, sorry for writing this on your thread, I just thought it was the best place for it.
  5. Such a brilliant article kaheath! Well done!
  6. Emsie

    Feeling so alone

    Happy birthday Freya.
  7. I completely agree with this and find it very useful. I like the App 'Two Dots'. It's really absorbing and sometimes very challenging. I've also been watching clips from Dragons Den on YouTube in this way too, I really love it.
  8. Emsie

    The best approach?

    Bless you. It helped very much.....thank you again. X
  9. Emsie

    The best approach?

    Hi dksea, Thank you so much for your reply and insight here. Really useful and such a good point, thank you. Thank you. X
  10. Emsie

    The best approach?

    Sorry OCDhavenobrain, I just seen this post. Yes, I hope you can find the strength too. I’m sorry you feel lonely when you’re not in therapy and you feel it’s a compulsion. It didn’t get too much of a security for me as I only had 12 sessions, which was the maximum I could have. I can see how it could though. I agree a lot of us have had ocd for a long time so there’s some unraveling of behaviours to be done. Take care too and keep fighting. X
  11. Emsie

    The best approach?

    Absolutely Roy. It’s all been SO helpful. Thank you so much again everyone! X
  12. Emsie

    The best approach?

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re not feeling too good. It wasn’t offensive and I know too that you were just trying to help. I feel very blessed that we have such a great place here, with so many kind, supportive and helpful people. Thank you so much for cheering me on and for your input. Take care and I hope you feel better soon.
  13. Emsie

    The best approach?

    A big thank you to everyone for the great advice, help and support. X
  14. Emsie

    The best approach?

    I’m not really sure what you mean, I was just trying to explain that this is not fear based in anyway. Just simple learning. I of course meant no offence. Thank you! It’s a biggie and a long way to go, but I’m up for it!