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OCD has plagued me for most of my life, will I be able to escape it? | Health & Wellness


I am a 76 years married man and have had intense and on going obsessive compulsive disorder (TOC) from the age of 13.

My father died in World War II, shortly after my conception. When I was six, my mother remarried.; the marriage soon became unhappy and strained. My mother was a strict disciplinarian and hit me frequently when she felt I had been naughty or cheeky. She often scolded me; I don’t remember her showing me much affection or praising me.

When I was 13, the ranks Among my mother and stepfather it became more frequent and violent. One night he attacked him with a hammer and broke two of his ribs. My maternal grandmother and I begged him to desist. I was afraid that she could kill him and i know strung up. My grandmother, stepfather and my mother died when I was 35 years old.

As a child, I had a rich fantasy life, full of reading and history. From that moment, however, I began to Suffer from various nervous tics. I prayed a lot and developed recitations to calm fear and anxiety I felt. I have tried to conquer the OCD using yoga, meditationSimple, research and willpower, but it’s so strong. Eradicate briefly for one year when i retired. But after thatt, the pressures built up again and I started repeating the stock soothing phrases that I had invented, and give in to the absurd tics.

OCD pressure is worse when I am with people. I don’t want to discuss it with my wife, I don’t want to worry or burden her, and I don’t see how she could help. I have considered professional help, although COVID-19 it has made me reluctant. I don’t know how many years I have leftBut it would still be wonderful to escape from this journal almost forever affliction.

I am very sorry for everything that has happened and everything that has yet to face. Obsessive compulsive disorder is, as you say, “so strong” that it’s no wonder you haven’t been able to overcome it on your own. You’ve probably read that it can be a way to deal with anxiety and intrusive and distressing thoughts, and compulsions (in your case, repeated phrases and tics) give momentary relief. But then it comes back as intense as ever.

I consulted with Dr. Lynne Drummond, a consulting psychiatrist and OCD expert. She is the author of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Everything You Want to Know About OCD for People Living with OCD, Caregivers, and Doctors (Cambridge University Press); His new book, Everything You Need to Know About OCD, which includes a self-help section, will be published in 2022.

Dr. Lynne Drummond explains OCD.

“People make jokes about OCD, but for those who have it, it’s a real struggle,” Drummond said. “It is not something that should be discarded or something that can come out of.” He explained that we all have “intrusive urges or thoughts. But the difference in people with OCD is that it is constant, intrusive, and they feel the need to reduce their anxiety. And what to do to bring it down is a must. “

His letter did not say if he had seen his GP and although I know there are waiting lists and things are not easy at the moment, please, as soon as you are ready, ask for a referral to an OCD specialist. . . Show the GP your letter if necessary. Drummond explained that in addition to psychological treatment, your doctor may also discuss a pharmaceutical approach (SSRI) to give you a break. Of course, this approach is personal and will be different for each patient.

Therapeutic treatment for OCD is ERP: Exposure Response Prevention. It involves exposing someone to something that causes them distress and then helping them manage their resulting compulsions. This is best done with a therapist, especially to get started. The key is consistency and it is important not to think that the recovery will be linear. You can also download parts of Drummond’s Book free; Chapter 10, “What Can the Person with OCD Do to Help Himself?” gives you things to work on right away.

Hope this is treatable. In the meantime, I want to leave you with this from Drummond: “With OCD, we ask the patient to face their worst fears, to be extraordinarily courageous. This means they are heroes. ”

Some useful links: TOP UK, the OCD and Phobia charity; TOC action; OCD-UK.

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