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Gemma@OCDUK

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  1. Hi there Kakop At this moment NAC is not a recommend treatment for OCD in the UK so we can't advise on dosages for it and it may be that no one on the forum has tried it themselves. Because we aren't doctors we would recommend that you talk to a doctor about this medication and the possible side effects it may cause. Gemma
  2. Hi there Lizzie, I'm really sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling so much with plagiarism worries and fears about her clothes being contaminated. It's great that she's had improvement in the other areas she's struggled with, like hand washing and showering and hopefully with further help from CAMHS they can begin to address these other problems with her. It sounds like your daughter's OCD focusses a lot on risk and potentially doing something wrong, these are both problems that are common for many people with OCD. You're right in thinking that plagiarism may need a slightly different approach to contamination based problems but provided the CAMHS team are aware of these worries they should be able to adapt the CBT to them. Do you think your daughter could explain her worries about plagiarism to the CAMHS team so they could try to help her with them? Gemma
  3. Hi there Eualice Welcome to the forum! I'm glad google translator has allowed you to seek help with us. The time it takes to improve varies massively from one person to the next so there isn't a specific timeframe. We do know that with the right help people can improve a lot quicker than they imagined. I'm not sure where you are in the world because you didn't say but here in the UK we recommend a therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which looks at what meanings we place on our thoughts and helps us to challenge them in structured way that is tailored to us as individuals. There is a great self-help book called Break free from OCD by Paul Salkovskis, Fiona Challacombe and Victoria Bream, which I'm not sure if you will be able to access, but if you can is a great way to learn how to tackle OCD yourself if you are yet to access therapy. Gemma
  4. Hi there Wateraddict I'm really sorry to hear that your addiction to water is causing you so much difficulty particularly because it is costly. Unfortunately as a charity we or our members cannot engage in anyone's compulsions because it would only help make the problem worse and our aim is always to help people challenge and overcome their OCD. We hope that you're getting help for some of the problems you mentioned and have support where you are. There is help for OCD in the form of a talking therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which may allow you to tackle your problems with water. We can't advise you on how best to access therapy as we are a UK based charity but it could be something to consider if you're yet to access it. We do recommend a self-help book called Break Free from OCD which explains what CBT is and how to begin tackling OCD. Gemma
  5. Hi Winn I understand you feel like it's going to go on forever, lots of sufferers feel that way, but it doesn't mean that it will. OCD is a highly treatable condition with the right support so please don't lose hope. Have you looked into accessing CBT for your OCD? Gemma
  6. Dear Bradley, I'm sorry to hear about your experiences, they sound incredibly frustrating. Unfortunately it's quite common for GPs not to have a good understanding of OCD and that can lead to them saying unhelpful things. Are you still currently receiving CBT for low mood and anxiety and is that through local adult mental health services? Gemma
  7. Hi there Agrippina and welcome to the forum I think you might not have had a response because generally Lithium isn't a medication used in the treatment of OCD so people may have little experience of it. Usually the medications for OCD are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which are a type of antidepressant medication. It sounds like your OCD obsessions focus a lot on your water and salt intake re Lithium. Have you looked into accessing any therapy for your OCD? Gemma
  8. Hi there Flic welcome to the forum I can't add a lot to the excellent advice from dksea, however we do have some tips and advice available in our April edition of our magazine Compulsive Reading here https://www.ocduk.org/april-compulsive-reading/. We also have some tips on our website here https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-and-coronavirus-survival-tips/ and we did have several presentations on Covid-19 and OCD at out online conference that will be uploaded in the next few weeks. You'll be able to find them from this link https://www.ocduk.org/conference/conference-map/. I hope you find some of these links helpful in coping during this incredibly difficult time. It's natural to not want to make anyone ill but remember that people with OCD often have an inflated sense of responsibility that makes them feel like they need to go above and beyond what others do to keep people safe. If you are following the guidance, doing more will only negatively impact your mental health so try to remember that your wellbeing is important too. Gemma
  9. Hi Winn welcome to the forum I'm sorry to hear that you've suffered from OCD most of your life but I'm really glad that you feel able to reach out on the forum You mentioned that you cannot stop noticing your thoughts, can you explain further what you mean by that? Is it that in noticing the thoughts you can't concentrate on other things? OCD is very unique to the individual so you might not speak to someone with the same or similar obsessions and compulsions so don't worry if you don't, it doesn't mean that you can't challenge your OCD with CBT Gemma
  10. If you'd rather not go and look at the photo then do that. I know it's easy to get completely bamboozled by OCD but sometimes we can only do what we think we would prefer to and leave it at that. I know you're worried but remember it's OCD causing this worry and making you feel so unsure. It's also natural to be scared but just keep trying your best. Are you getting any help for your OCD at the moment? Gemma
  11. So are you saying that it's a compulsion if you do and if you don't look? If so, do you know aside from OCD what you'd like to do? Gemma
  12. Hi Hayley Whether or not it's a compulsion depends on why you want to look at the picture in the first place. If it's to check in some way, then it's probably a compulsion, if you're not looking at it because of avoidance then that would be a compulsion. It really depends on what you make of looking or not looking. Gemma
  13. Hi Cici I can't add a huge amount to Baker's excellent advice It does sound like your boyfriend is really struggling at the moment and I completely understand that he doesn't feel therapy will work. Unfortunately some of the CBT offered on the NHS isn't as good as it should be and it is not at all uncommon for sufferers to see two or three therapists before finding one with the right approach or expertise to help them. So I encourage your boyfriend to try therapy again, despite thinking it won't work. Has he had one round of therapy only? Was that through his local IAPT? If your boyfriend would like to look into joining one of our online support groups, he can register for them here https://www.ocduk.org/support-groups/zoom/ Gemma
  14. The conference recordings will be freely available on the OCD-UK website in a few weeks. The reason you can't access them at the moment is just because they haven't been uploaded yet. Ashley is on it, so they should be there soon
  15. Hi there John Have you ever tried accessing CBT for your OCD? Your profile mentions that you're in Ireland so the systems are different, but here in the UK, it's CBT that is the current recommended treatment for OCD. Similarly here the medications recommended for OCD are called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). How much they help sufferers does vary from person to person and it can be trial and error finding one that helps, but if you're finding your current medication unhelpful then you could consider bringing this up with your GP. Gemma
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