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About 4 years ago, I started to get into the whole excessive handwashing routine, so thinking I could be getting OCD I was sent to a counsellor, who told me that as it wasn't severe and taking over my life, plus some other factors meant instead I was diagnoses with Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Living with GAD was hard enough, but lately I've been getting awful compulsions. They started about 2 years ago, but not severely. Now however, they really are taking over everything. I have to fulfil them, otherwise I can't think about anything else until I do. It takes me about an hour to do what I need to do sometimes, especially before I go to bed, so it's damaging my sleep-health. And I'm afraid if I don't complete them then something bad will happen, so anxiety is now being combined with fear and paranoia and I'm really struggling with it all, it's even made me pretty depressed.
I don't know what to do. Couselling doesn't seem to have worked for me in the past and it's all getting on top of me now.
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- Thread Starter
- 25-01-2010 09:32
- Thread Starter
- 25-01-2010 18:58
- 25-01-2010 19:34
go back to the dr.
i know you've had a bad experience with counselling before and it's rubbish when you're not taken seriously but you deserve the appropriate attention/help. it obviously is a serious problem as it's got worse and was resistant to counselling, so it's definitely something that needs tackling before it gets even further down the line. if anxiety is the main issue (or the trigger) then they may be able to give you some medication that could help - only if you're open to that of course - or if not then there may be a better suited therapy for you.
sorry to hear you've had such a tough time of it, feel free to PM me if you ever just need to vent/chat.
- 25-01-2010 19:39
ha nothing with a bit of OCD, i wash my hands everytime i stroke my dog and rinse my glass with water several times before using it