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  1. It is, move has gone through ok, now for the tough part...
  2. Thank you for sharing this. I seem to have a lot in common with you, with the teaching and the recent house move. I’m hoping I’m going to be able to deal with the move ok but I know from past experience this is a time that is really going to test me.
  3. Bacp.org this is the site that I used to find my therapist. It allows you to search by area so it should find ones near you
  4. I think a lot does depend on how comfortable you feel with your therapist. Being open and honest is the best way to get results so it helps to get the right one.
  5. I felt exactly the same, you just want to get everything out and start the process but it does take a bit of time. You’ll find that once you start learning new strategies that you’ll be able to use them for other things too. So just because they were not addressed today doesn’t mean it’ll take years and years to be better
  6. I am another that didn’t get in to well with Sertraline. However, I didn’t get any side effects with it, I did with citalopram though. It’s odd how certain drugs affect people in different ways. I am so glad you started therapy. How did it go today?
  7. That’s great, an important step. Now go and get that medication, you can do it
  8. It really does all sound like OCD Cora. Like malina says, you need to take that leap and trust us. You are not a bad person. You can do it!
  9. I have been taking them for around 8 years now. I have a little bit fearful of coming off them so just kept them ticking over. Occasionally the dose gets dropped a bit but it’s almost like a safety net for me now. please keep us informed about how it goes
  10. I do think medication will help. It won’t be a golden ticket but it may help to take the edge of it a little and allow for the therapies to have more of an impact. I have been on them for so long now that it’s difficult to really know if it clouds my judgement. I teach primary and I take clomipramine but have taken both citalopram and Sertraline in the past. It’s mainly for other types of OCD but as is the nature of OCD at times it has been contamination.
  11. If it helps I teach whilst on medication happy to talk through anything anytime.
  12. I agree with this. It is hard to do but you need to trust it’s OCD and get the right help.
  13. I think staying away from your brother would be a compulsion. I’ve been through something very similar and avoiding the person in question did no good at all. It just avoided the issue for a while. You can do this. Start to believe in yourself!
  14. They are important to you because that is what your OCD is latching on to. you can see from the reactions that no one else thinks they are a big deal
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