7th Sept: Living with a long term health condition?
I've just discovered something... I've been taking an Escitalopramum for almost a year to deal with my depression. At first it fixed my problems with stomach, then my cognitive abilities came back almost to normal, for the first month it was very good, and then gradually my condition worsened and became very bad in past month.
Normally I don't eat milk or cheeses because of lactose intolerance. But recently I began to eat goat's milk, chees etc. and guess what: My fatigue passed, my cognitive abilities improved, and my spirits are rising. Obviously I suffered from calcium deficiency, this was probably one of the reasons behind my problems.
I'm living my life with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) - a very misunderstood mental disorder. People seem to assume that it's to do with people being super-clean, symmetrical and afraid of anything dirty but it's far more complicated than that...
Imagine going about your day when you feel a sudden fear of something awful comes into your mind, e.g. someone attacking you or you catching a terrible illness - this is the obsession.This fear causes so much anxiety that you feel like you must do something to ease the stress: your compulsion. So you do anything to stop it; straightening books on the table, making sure anything to do with numbers are on even numbers, pick at your skin, chew your mouth, check your notifications, check locks, check windows, run through the situation in your head and how you would go about it, is this even? is this straight?, checking you haven't upset anyone... And eventually, minutes or hours later, you begin to feel better and the fear in your head eases.
It has such a massive impact on my day-to-day life. As well as general anxiety, my compulsions burn up so much time and I know it's not good for me. However, I'm on medication which has helped and have had some therapies including CBT and family therapy to help too.
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