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About Charlotte

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    OCD-UK Member and
  • Birthday 14/06/1989

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    Counting, checking, magical thinking, fear of harming someone etc...

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    Swimming, music, reading, writing...

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  1. Charlotte

    Seroquel and alcohol???

    Drinking alcohol and seroquel (quetiapine) are not a good combination. The alcohol will make the drowsiness worse. That being said, the occasional drink can be had without much harm, although I am not recommending it! I will just say that I take seroquel at a much higher dose and occasionally enjoy a glass of wine! Lottie
  2. Charlotte

    Need some help

    I think it sounds as if you were assertive rather than agressive, and that you stood up for yourself in a tricky situation. It sounds as though your OCD is making you replay the event again and again, making yourself doubt whether you are actually just being oversensitive or not. Is there a superior or a colleague at work that you can talk to about the problem? You do not have to talk about your OCD, just saying that you are bothered by something that has happened at work and seeing what they say. Lottie
  3. Charlotte

    Sick with worry

    Do you know who gets intrusive thoughts? Everyone. The problem is not the thoughts but our reaction to them. By thinking that having a thought makes us an evil person, we fall into the cycle of OCD fear. Remember this - if it feels like OCD, it probably is! You will never stop asking yourself what if unless you allow yourself to live with the doubt. Have you had any treatment? Lottie
  4. Charlotte

    Need advice

    Hello I definitely produce too much saliva when I am terrified, or else no saliva at all! It is just a way of our body reacting to the anxiety. Try not to worry too much about it! Lottie
  5. Charlotte


    I was obsessed with Casualty and Holby when I was younger and have only just got back into it this year... I am hooked!
  6. Charlotte

    OCD attacking things I enjoy

    How are you doing? Are you still managing to fight it? You are one hundred percent right - if you give into the OCD now then it will be stronger next time around. That being said, if you are really suffering to a point where you feel that you need to give in, then that is okay. Maybe it is a little bit too soon to throw yourself into exposure to a ten out of ten compulsion. I know you said that you will be seeing the doctor for medication, but have you been offered any therapy? Lottie
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    Holby City had a whole storyline with Joseph Byrne, a surgeon. He had lots of rituals to protect his family and particularly his brother. It went on for a while and references were made to his OCD for years which is nice as it tends to be cured quickly and then never mentioned again! I am looking forward to seeing Dylan*s recovery...
  8. Charlotte


    It's funny - I remember the Holby City OCD storyline with Joseph as it was just after I was diagnosed. I was lucky enough to read the scripts whilst Ash was consulting on them - I am a huge Casualty fan! I think it is being done well so far, it is really getting across the anxiety that you feel when you are plunged into a triggering situation.
  9. So, he'll kill me for doing this, but... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASH! Without Ash, OCD-UK wouldn't exist and hundreds (or even thousands of us) would not have benefitted from its support. Ash works tirelessly behind the scenes so I hope you'll join me in wishing him a very happy birthday! :happybday: :happybirth:
  10. Hello This is something that I have struggled with in the past (and the present, unfortunately) and one that I'm currently working hard on improving. Do you know what it is that might trigger these thoughts? For example, I noticed that when I'm alone, I'm much more likely to hurt myself, or after a big event, whether that's positive (a family weekend) or negative (an exam that goes badly). What do you think you could do to stop yourself acting on them? I find that when I feel really bad, getting out of the house helps. I've been on midnight walks to calm down before! I also know that concentrating really hard on a simple task like making tea and really tasting every sip can be helpful - have you had any mindfulness training? I also know that it can help to talk to someone - I'm not good at admitting that I'm having these thoughts, but I try to phone a friend even if I don't say why I'm calling. It makes me feel less alone and distracts me. Last of all - don't be afraid to mention them. I have only very recently admitted to my psych that I struggle with these things and they were very supportive and not nearly as shocked as I thought they would be! Take care, Lottie
  11. There's a mindfulness technique that I use when really anxious - I try to observe five things that I can see, four that I can hear, three that I can feel, two that I can smell and one that I can taste. It's very quick but can be done anywhere. I am wary of using refocussing too much - it's important to feel that anxiety, and whatever you do to refocus can transform itself into a compulsion. Anxiety is a nasty feeling, but it's just that... a feeling. It's important to be able to sit with it and know that it doesn't do harm. Lottie
  12. Charlotte

    Bit scared

    I suffer a lot with rumination - I really know the feeling of not being able to stop thinking about it and worrying that if you do, then that's just as bad. The problem is that, as you know, it doesn't help. Turning these things over and over in your mind doesn't make a difference, it just makes you more anxious in the long run, as you know. Do you think that you could maybe do something that requires concentration? I have played a lot of games of Tetris in the last few years You can do this Nikki x
  13. Ashley lives and breathes OCD-UK - none of us have any idea of the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes!
  14. Hi Angela and to the forums, Obviously as Penny said we can't diagnose OCD, but I have to say that your post reminded me hugely of myself as a teenager! When I was diagnosed with OCD, I had reached a point where I couldn't write because I just couldn't get it perfect enough. My main advice would be to hassle CAMHS. I know that it feels counter-intuitive but it really is necessary. She is experiencing high levels of anxiety and it's having a big effect on her life - so she needs support now. It sounds as though the school are being helpful - do you think that they could call CAMHS as well to give them an idea of the need for her to be seen? How is your daughter coping with it all? Does she know that it could be OCD? There is a great guide for teenagers on the OCD-UK site - which could help her to feel less alone. Do you think that the Christmas break will give her a chance to relax? Lottie
  15. I think that it's a tricky one. The fact is that in Medicine and in Psychiatry in particular, you need a certain amount of black humour to keep going. You should hear some of the stuff that I've joked about in the past with other medical students. It's not that it's disrespectful, it's just a way of coping. Yeah, it's not very nice for us to hear and I don't think it should necessarily be written in a book, but it's a coping mechanism. It's a way of making sure that you don't become too attached. Also, for the OCD bit, it's quite a good example of how OCD really works. And the OD bit is true too - the large majority of people who present as OD patients haven't ODed at all... and for a junior doctor who is working 100 hour weeks, it does get on your nerves. Because they're human too!