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  1. No problems Felix, you were clear.y quoting information you'd seen.
  2. So the information given by Felix (above) isn't accurate and a diagnosis of OCD hasn't been dismissed by two health professionals. It appears one of them said it didn't sound like OCD, however, looking at the explanation they gave to you they clearly were not experienced in treating g OCD. Their reasoning is ill-educated and wrong. You are behaving like many sufferers do, holding back from treatment for fear of divulging information and being told "you were the monster you fear you are" and that you don"t suffer from OCD. It's a very, very common fear and sufferers will often delay seeking help for up to decade for just this reason. You do need to go back to your GP & you do need to be referred to someone experienced in treating OCD. CBT can be difficult if you don't have someone to guide you through it properly. As the others have said, there is nothing you have written that causes me any concern, it literally screams out OCD but there's not much to be gained by going over these things again right now. You need to be brave, make that appointment and start the process of getting your life back.
  3. I agree Felix. It's imperative she has an accurate diagnosis to ensure the correct help & support. I am unfamiliar with DK's case and any earlier diagnosis & by whom it was made and on what basis. All of the fears and thoughts she has described are in line with that of someone suffering from OCD, there is nothing particularly unusual about them. It could be that she has OCD co-morbid with other mental health issues, I don't know. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility to be mis-diagnosed either, particularly if by someone whose speciality is not OCD. Sadly, I would include many therapists & even some Psychiatrists among those whose knowledge of the condition is not always what it should be. As you know, we are here as a support forum made up from sufferers/ex-sufferers and are not here to diagnose. Any feedback will be based on information given & personal opinion based on experience, knowledge & observation. Occasionally someone may have issues out of that spectrum. If DK has had/is receiving guidance from experienced, qualified health professionals then it is important that she refers to them and follows their recommendations & guidance. I'm unclear why this isn't happening.
  4. No matter how frustrated you might be feeling Paradoxer, please could I ask you not to be rude on a personal level. It can be frustrating when someone simply cannot see what people are telling them but if that is the case, stop engaging with them & walk away from the thread. I notice the reference to being "In Class" which would suggest that DK is only a young person. That often adds a whole other level to someone's difficulty in understanding OCD. In the 16 years I've been with OCD-UK I've seen hundreds of DK's, most of them (at some stage) with the right help eventually "Get It"
  5. In his defence all health professionals have a duty of care to assess danger to self or others. So in that respect he is doing his job and you would find the same question asked across the board. It is his assessment of the situation and lack of knowledge that is shocking (but not unusual sadly) You can read about risk assessment in OCD HERE on our OCD-UK information pages The paper referred to can be read HERE In the past I printed it off and presented it to the very uneducated young woman I saw via IAPT
  6. I get it too......but sometimes we have to look at the fact someone is a new member with only 8 posts and maybe cut them some slack or offer a slightly more detailed explanation as to why. Just a thought, it's easy for us to be a bit blase
  7. It's a bit like thinking about a lemon and your mouth will actually water......mind/body connection
  8. Well Done. With that willingness & guts you'll soon be able to change your name to HowIRecovered
  9. Hiya I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Feeling I'll real,y doesn't help with anxiety or OCD. Make sure you do what you can to improve with the physical illness. Take Ibuprofen or Paracetomol. Gargle with salt water every few hours, drink plenty and get some rest. Then watch the rumination. Watch the self-talk......?the OMG, I mustn't be like this on holiday......the "What if's" You're not feeling well, try and accept that and how it can affect your mood, how quickly feeling rough can create these feelings. Try and minimise the physical things as est you can, be aware that feeling rough (and the need not to) can quickly affect your mood. Try & tread water for a coup,e of days and hopefully you can get back In control & enjoy the rest of your holiday. Good Luck
  10. Glad you're finding the therapy helpful I'm not familiar with it, I'll have to have a read up. Stick with the physio.....it is hard work and needs discipline but physio only works if we do it. And stick with that sleep routine as with all these things it again needs Discipline. It is hard to identify and resist those urges Phili, whatever they are. Stick with it, recognise it and do your best. How's Anne?
  11. Hey, don't worry, it's easy to miss posts, I didn't think anything about it How's the counselling going (and the physio)?
  12. Hi Lisa I agree with Ashley that any violence or threat of violence is not acceptable under any circumstance and you have to communicate to him that this is something that you won't tolerate ever. However, I differ in that I can see it as a behaviour that arises from his OCD. An extreme attempt to control his circumstances & surroundings in much the same way as the sufferer who makes family members strip off their clothing & take a shower when they return home. His anger and rages are possibly a response to being out of control of the situation. Some people do have anger issue's that they don't have under control, this could also be the case and be completely separate to the OCD. Clearly this is having an unacceptable effect on your life, has a risk that the violent rages could escalate and help needs to be sought. I would make it clear that you insist on that. It is common for sufferers not to seek help as they'll often do anything in order not to disclose their thoughts & fears to others. Try and have the conversation when things aren't so frenzied but it's important you address this for both your sakes.
  13. Oh my yes, I did and they're horrible. But you can get over them. The thought of having a panic attack is one of the many fears that actually cause them. I'm unsure of the system in Scotland but it may be worth phoning your GP practise & asking the receptionist if they have a GP who particularly specialised I'm mental health issues. You could do this just saying you're making a general enquiry (that way you don't even need to say who you are). If they have, make an appointment with a GP who may be more sympathetic & understanding and ask them if they could make a referral to someone who could help with the panic disorder. In the meantime, start that list of daily goals and start to try and achieve them. Let us know how you go on
  14. Hi Dave This may be the last thing you want to hear but you have to get out there and (forgive me for saying) be prepared to die. I'm not being flippant because I have had this fear and my Father died at a young age from heart attack. I had to learn that this was an exaggerated fear & an obsession. I had to get to a point where I realised that I could make sensible choices but that I couldn't completely control the outcome of life, no-one can. I accepted that if I were to die, there's not much I could do to stop it and I would be the one person it wouldn't affect because I wouldn't be here to know about it. I can sense you (and perhaps others) throwing their hands up in horror at this but it is how I faced it. I gave up control of trying to control it if that makes sense. Try and make those plans to go out with a friend every day. Have them alongside for support but try & resolve not to endlessly seek reassurance from them. Build on the goals. Go every day to the ,local shop say......but then up it. Walk to the shop with a friend but decide you'll go in the shop alone, buy a chocolate bar and co e out.....and keep building those goals and extending the challenges. If your GP isn't helpful, you can refer yourself to an IAPT provider. They should be able to help you, particularly,early with the panic disorder. You should be able to find details through googling for your area or ring up your GP surgery and ask reception for details of who the IAPT provider is for your area. You know you can live a pretty normal life and you can and will again. Stay strong
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