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john1978

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About john1978

  • Birthday 14/02/1978

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  • OCD Status
    Sufferer
  • Type of OCD
    Obsessional

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    ireland
  • Interests
    Djing , Music production , Rock music , Soccer

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  1. Really in need of some help and advice please I’ve really struggled through these last 6 weeks I just found I had a massive increase in my anxiety and ocd symptoms 4-6 weeks ago and my sleeping is very bad since also . My wife noticed my mood is awful the past few weeks too. I have struggled with Ocd and anxiety Most of my life and recently added depression and insomnia to it also in response to Snowbears advice I signed up for a proper CBT course yesterday which I hope will help . If I am totally honest when I was in crisis over 2 years ago I went to my doc who prescribed lexapro (it affects everyone differently it works brilliant for a lot of people) just made me extremely worse I couldn’t handle the adjustment period so I changed to mirtazapine which I started taking on the doctors advice while weening off the mertazapine during this period I started to feel more balanced and my mood started to lift this was a slow process over 2-3 months I had started in outpatient clinic with the psychologist in the local mental health clinic around this time also they asked me to add seroquel 50mg with the mertazapine 15mg which I found greatly helped me sleep soundly all night and honestly balanced me out completely I am married over 4 years now and had a baby boy in our 2nd year married and towards the end of that year I started having bad nights sleep then anxiety then ocd spiraled then started my treatment but of course my wife and I wanted more children and my wife saw I was on medication and thought it would affect our chances or the health of the babies which is not the case I know now anyway I decided to cut down and out the seroquel and continue on with the mirtazapine 15mg on it’s own and honestly initially I found my sleep would be slightly less sound it was a lighter sleep but if I woke I could return to sleep all up to 6 weeks ago . I went to the doctor 6 weeks ago and probably should have been more honest with him I kinda made out I was handling it a lot better than I am he asked me if I wanted to try a different med but I said I’d stick with the mirtazapine my sleep has been awful the last few weeks and anxiety ocd and mood really suffering any help or advice greatly appreciated
  2. Really in need of some help and advice please I’ve really struggled through these last 6 weeks I just found I had a massive increase in my anxiety and ocd symptoms 4-6 weeks ago and my sleeping is very bad since also . My wife noticed my mood is awful the past few weeks too. I have struggled with Ocd and anxiety Most of my life and recently added depression and insomnia to it also in response to Snowbears advice I signed up for a proper CBT course yesterday which I hope will help . If I am totally honest when I was in crisis over 2 years ago I went to my doc who prescribed lexapro (it affects everyone differently it works brilliant for a lot of people) just made me extremely worse I couldn’t handle the adjustment period so I changed to mirtazapine which I started taking on the doctors advice while weening off the mertazapine during this period I started to feel more balanced and my mood started to lift this was a slow process over 2-3 months I had started in outpatient clinic with the psychologist in the local mental health clinic around this time also they asked me to add seroquel 50mg with the mertazapine 15mg which I found greatly helped me sleep soundly all night and honestly balanced me out completely I am married over 4 years now and had a baby boy in our 2nd year married and towards the end of that year I started having bad nights sleep then anxiety then ocd spiraled then started my treatment but of course my wife and I wanted more children and my wife saw I was on medication and thought it would affect our chances or the health of the babies which is not the case I know now anyway I decided to cut down and out the seroquel and continue on with the mirtazapine 15mg on it’s own and honestly initially I found my sleep would be slightly less sound it was a lighter sleep but if I woke I could return to sleep all up to 6 weeks ago . I went to the doctor 6 weeks ago and probably should have been more honest with him I kinda made out I was handling it a lot better than I am he asked me if I wanted to try a different med but I said I’d stick with the mirtazapine my sleep has been awful the last few weeks and anxiety ocd and mood really suffering any help or advice greatly appreciated
  3. Hi Snowbear I was doing an online CBT which I found helped before it’s just weird how I was doing so well for so long and would have the odd little blip now and then but then be able to continue on with my day and forget the ocd thought to be honest I felt at my best when I was taking seroquel and the mertazapine together but wen I decided I felt strong enough I weened off the seroquel and felt okay I could sense that I was a bit more susceptible to a bit of anxiety on the mertazapine alone but I was able to practice ERP and move my focus on and be present 100% in what was happening around me it’s Christmas obviously at the moment and decided to have a few drinks yesterday probably going to pay for it today I don’t take my med if I do decide to have one or two drinks I am going to check out a few online cbt programs hopefully it will get things moving in a happier direction.Thanks for replying to me Snowbear much appreciated I hope all is going well with u and happy Christmas any advice is greatly appreciated
  4. Hi Snowdog sorry only replying to u now I went off seroquel about 3 months into starting it bud found I was doing so well on the mertazapine 15mg until 2 weeks ago anxiety and ocd thoughts back with a bang I feel like the mertazapine isn’t working as good as it was sorry don’t mean to be negative here this is just my real life experience at the moment maybe it’s just a bump on the road and I need to just work true it but this dark cloud is hard to shake at the moment negative thoughts keep popping up any I’m thinking do I need to up the dosage I saw my doc straight away wen this happened he basically said did I want to try a different med I had a bad experience the last time I tried lexapro so I said I’d stay on the mertazapine I dunno a couple of weeks after the mertazapine settled down in my system I was strong enough to move on from these thoughts and found I could go days weeks months without them coming into my mind now it’s like they are quite comfortable and I can’t shake them just looking to the good people here to offer some advice I’m literally willing to try anything I want to live my life as best I can and anything that I find helps I will let you know here . Thanks to anybody that can offer me any advice and I hope all is good with you of course snowdog sorry it’s taken this long my apologies
  5. Hi I have been on mertazapine 15mg for the past year and a half and would say I felt fully recovered only in the past 2 weeks I have noticed an increase in my anxiety and ocd thought have come back just as strong the med is still helping me sleep but just feel like ocd symptoms coming back after over a year and a half feeling normal is it something I am doing or not doing went to my gp and he suggested changing meds I said lexapro didn’t work for me last time so he gave me 6 months of my current meds any help or advice greatly appreciated thank you
  6. Decided after talking with my wife to go back to work today feeling abit of anxiety but not as much as before I left work over a week and a half ago in distress I was just into my third week on lexapro 15mg I'm now after a week and a half of seroquel and martazapine activas 15mg plus il be on the lexapro 10mg for another week just didn't want to lose my job but still feel a bit anxious today any tips appreciated
  7. Thanks guys was just a bit worried . having a bit of a bad morning had harming thoughts involving my little boy again its very hard to deal with at the moment i feel like i must be a bad person for thinking like this. i don't remember struggling like this the last time i was doing well the last few days and now this morning its like back to struggling again i am doing cbt online i dunno maybe its just a bad day
  8. Whishing u all the best PhilM u have the support of this forum I've found everyone on here very nice and supportive including you
  9. Hi Heidi I'm changing to Mirtazapine Actavis 15mg and on seroquel 50mg or I can take 25mg if makes me too tired I originally started on lexapro but that brought me really down its different for everybody it just didn't suit me . I was just worried about Seratonin syndrome because to change from the lexapro to the new med she has me taking both at night and with the seroquel until the lexapro runs out which is ten days time I'm after a week of all three I'm just a bit of a worrier always was
  10. Hi PhilM yeah seroquel is not an anti depressant I was on it my last relapse they wanted to give me an anti agitation med because the lexapro was making me agitated I got all the severe side effects from it I was only worried about Seratonin syndrome because I read about the interactions I'm changing from lexapro to another med
  11. Hi all , I was struggling with the side effects from my original med that was prescribed for me lexapro so I went to my GP and was referred to the local hospital where I met a doctor who changed my med and I'm taking seroquel also . But to come off the lexapro she wanted me to take the new med and seroquel at night and the lexapro in the morning but the lexapro makes me sleepy so she said take them all at night. I'm taking this dosage since Monday night but I was worried about Seratonin syndrome I'm meeting them again on Tuesday . I only have around 11-12 lexapro left is this common and something I shouldn't worry about ?
  12. Just to add i rang the pharmacist and she seemed to think that that happens commonly enough i just wanted to get a few other opinions always get good advice on this forum its why in times of crisis and to check in now and again I'm so glad it exists . :original:
  13. So my GP rang the community mental health nurse she rang me and i went to the local hospital and had to go through an intensive but very friendly screening they were very nice to me to be fair i am suffering with harming OCD . Im after leaving work over it a few times over it i am going through the local hospital as an out-patient They decided that i needed a change of medication i was on lexapro 10mg for just over two weeks but my anxiety rocketed and was going downhill with the intrusive thoughts becoming worse. It worked for me before just because it didn't work for doesn't mean it won't work for someone else. but i found it a lot tougher to cope this time around last time i was on it was 6 years ago. I have been changed to MIRTAZAPINE ACTIVIS . The consultant wants me to taper off the Lexapro so initially she wants me to take the new med Mirtazapine 15mg and seroquel 50mg at night and the lexapro 10mg in the morning but the lexapro makes me tired i think at night so i said this and she said i could take it at night too. I am just afraid of Serotonin syndrome so i dunno should i wait and try the lexapro in the morning to see how i go . Any suggestions from any of the members here would be greatly appreciated
  14. Thanks Aileen i really appreciate the reply i will keep strong against the compulsions i hope all is good with you. This OCD thing is no joke really bogs u down il have to try and be more patient .
  15. Hi all I'm posting on this a lot recently cause going through a really tough time at the moment. My intrusive thoughts revolve around my wife and my little 6 month old boy . It's like I'm fighting with these thoughts all the time and trying to stop myself from acting on these thoughts . A few weeks ago I was happy go lucky a bit tired with my little boy waking up at all hours . Now my thoughts are completely tormenting me
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