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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWall View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Y'hoshua View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by thewriteranon View Post
    In December I took a look at my medical chart and found out that my PCP had diagnosed me with obsessive-compulsive disorder one or two years previously (right after an incident where I went to the hospital in a panic attack about something). I haven't been to see a psychiatrist since then to get a confirmation of the diagnosis, but honestly once I read that a lot of things kinda snapped into place. I'd had thoughts before that I might be obsessive-compulsive but I brushed it off because I felt like I didn't have any of the obvious signs (overly frequent hand washing, obsessive cleaning, etc. -- I'm actually pretty disorganized in my personal life). However, after doing a little bit of reading I found out that there are a lot of compulsive behaviors that aren't the stereotypical behaviors, and those are what I was doing (constant reassurance seeking, researching an obsession to the point of losing sleep, etc.). I'm not sure why I wanted to post this now, but I just kind of feel like I want/need to talk about it. It can be really isolating because OCD is not as common as generalized anxiety (my previous diagnosis) and it's hard to explain why something won't leave my head even when I recognize it's not completely rational.

    I take medication which does help, but I'm not currently in therapy. Finding a therapist for OCD is very hard, and it's even harder when you're religious. The primary treatment for OCD is exposure response therapy (ERP), and my OCD can exhibit itself as scrupulosity. I am wary of going to a secular therapist for that kind of treatment when something as important as my religion is in the mix (secular therapists have worked fine for my depressive episodes in the past, so I'm not dissing secular therapists altogether). One other Orthodox person I've seen online had a therapist who recommended not going to church (possibly only for a few weeks, though the poster didn't stipulate that) as part of his ERP. I do not care for that approach. I'm only going to be in Massachusetts for another year (less really, because I'll be in Texas all summer), so I'm hoping to start a more rigorous search when I move back for a permanent therapist. In the meantime I take my medication and try to cope with the mechanisms I've learned, but it can get rough.

    Has anybody else struggled with OCD or known someone who struggled with OCD? Or does anyone have questions about OCD? Like I said, I just feel right now that I kinda need to talk about it.
    I have struggled with OCD-like symptoms in the midst of sustained levels of extreme stress, for a prolonged amount of time. A self-directed holistic approach helped me. I will mention two things: supplements and exercise. Perhaps a vitamin and mineral test is in order for you? You might be deficient in key nutrients despite healthy eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrawly View Post
    I have struggled with OCD-like symptoms in the midst of sustained levels of extreme stress, for a prolonged amount of time. A self-directed holistic approach helped me. I will mention two things: supplements and exercise. Perhaps a vitamin and mineral test is in order for you? You might be deficient in key nutrients despite healthy eating.
    I respectfully request supplement and alternative medicine talk be kept out of this thread. I take vitamin D because I have been actually diagnosed with a deficiency. I do not take anything else because I do not look kindly on vitamin shilling. My opinions on this are final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thewriteranon View Post
    I respectfully request supplement and alternative medicine talk be kept out of this thread. I take vitamin D because I have been actually diagnosed with a deficiency. I do not take anything else because I do not look kindly on vitamin shilling. My opinions on this are final.
    So you are deficient in at least one important vitamin? I wonder if it ends there for you? That's a rhetorical question, as per your request.

    Finally, just a word on scrupulosity: Do not be too righteous, and do not act too wise; why should you destroy yourself? Do not be too wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time? It is good that you should take hold of the one, without letting go of the other; for the one who fears God shall succeed with both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrawly View Post
    So you are deficient in at least one important vitamin? I wonder if it ends there for you? That's a rhetorical question, as per your request.

    Finally, just a word on scrupulosity: Do not be too righteous, and do not act too wise; why should you destroy yourself? Do not be too wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time? It is good that you should take hold of the one, without letting go of the other; for the one who fears God shall succeed with both.
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    Giving unsolicited medical advice is rude. (To be clear, my post was neither asking for nor offering any; I only wanted to describe how I've dealt with my own issue, and my mind is really unique so I doubt many other people would want to approach it the same way.)
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    I don't know whether this counts as OCD but ever since my cat had a urinary tract infection and I saw him frantically digging holes in the garden and trying desperately and being unable to urinate, it triggered something in my mind and now three years later I have no peace of mind unless I witness him going to toilet at least three times a day! It has all but incapacitated me as far as leaving my home and having peace is concerned. I also feed him wet food four times a day and add as much water to it as possible to ensure he gets water as he refuses to drink even filter water. Grrr. He is btw healthy and has never in three years had a another bladder issue. I feel as if my whole life revolves around my cat. I experience relief and even euphoria if he is on track toilet and food wise. May the Lord have mercy on me as I know rationally how mad this is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esther View Post
    I don't know whether this counts as OCD but ever since my cat had a urinary tract infection and I saw him frantically digging holes in the garden and trying desperately and being unable to urinate, it triggered something in my mind and now three years later I have no peace of mind unless I witness him going to toilet at least three times a day! It has all but incapacitated me as far as leaving my home and having peace is concerned. I also feed him wet food four times a day and add as much water to it as possible to ensure he gets water as he refuses to drink even filter water. Grrr. He is btw healthy and has never in three years had a another bladder issue. I feel as if my whole life revolves around my cat. I experience relief and even euphoria if he is on track toilet and food wise. May the Lord have mercy on me as I know rationally how mad this is!
    That sounds like a textbook case of OCD.
    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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    This was really interesting to read about, especially with what you said about your symptoms and the neurochemistry of OCD. ADHD has some overlapping symptoms with OCD, but the neurochemistry is often opposite from OCD and they have some differing causes of compulsions that ADHD people might have (e.g. compulsive checking really does help prevent errors or forget to lock a car).

    With regards to what you said about finding a therapist, their are some online therapy sites that include Christian therapists. That might be helpful if you have trouble finding an in-person one that fits well with you.

    I hope you don't mind my adding, but if you ever do look into nutrition or supplements, I thought it was very interesting with regards to anxiety disorders that both serotonin and GABA affect anxiety. I found that fascinating when I was a bit panic-attacky this summer.
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