What are the ways to cure obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Postby Jhontheanonymous » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:07 am

Hi, I think I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, before I left my home I have to check all of the power switches after I turn them off 1 minute ago, while at the same time I know I am doing stupid thing and telling myself there is insurance covering everything . There're so many voices saying that's not necessary and i'm inventing ways trying to gracefully reduce this habit, like count to 10 and finish the checking todfay, and the second day count to 9, and so on, but I never stick to it.

The other thing is I never leave a cup on my office desk and always buy bottle water because I'm afraid some dirty stuff could get into the cup somehow while I'm not around.

Also, when I walk upstairs and meet people walking down while they're talking I always afraid they will accidentally spit on me; when a cook says something while giving me the meal I order in a cafe I always have the same fear.

The fear/anxiety comes when I need to use my hand to touch a door nob to open office door, whenever possible I go to the toilet to wash my hands right after it so that I don't have to struggle with the thought that something very dirty/dangerous in my hand. I never want to shake hands with people, just the thought that some people don't wash their hands before leaving the toilet is enough to worry me.

Please give me some practical advices to help to reduce my pain.
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Postby laureat » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:05 pm

you can start with eating healthy food and good enough sleep ( no caffeine, no smoking, no alcohol )
and see how that works for you ,
if there is no improve maybe you better see a professional
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Postby Fresha » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:21 am

Hi, I'm sorry to hear about your OCD issues, I've got that too, all I can do is recommend what helped me. My OCD manifests in counting rituals, doing things in a strict order no-matter-what and writing lists. I can get into what I call a "loop" - this is when I become trapped in the counting ritual and it can go on for hours with me going into a trance-like state. I can tell you that I can feel a chemical being released in my brain when I go into a loop, it might be dopamine or seratonine, I'm not sure, it's like some kind of natural painkiller substance being released in the brain. Maybe it's linked to how chanting and doing other repetitive rituals work, I'm not sure. Anyway there's one thing that really took the edge off my OCD: Propranolol, you take it for panic attacks, anxiety and OCD, it's a beta-blocker, it blocks adrenaline and takes away the fear of getting things wrong or breaking a cycle. It's not for everyone but it worked wonders for me. I still have OCD but nowhere near the insane levels it used to be at. Good luck!
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