Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.
You can try your local community mental health center. They will do an evaluation and offer treatment, usually outpatient therapy, for a sliding fee scale. They can also assist you with applying for financial help and/or health insurance assistance.
The community mental health center can also provide a psychiatrist to help you with medication. Even if you are already on medications, they can evaluate you and determine which, if any, medications can help you control your symptoms.
You can also help yourself at home. Here are some resources that you can start with:
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Edmund J. Bourne
The Everything Health Guide to OCD: Professional advice on handling anxiety, understanding treatment options, and finding the support you need by Chelsea Lowe
The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Bruce M., Ph.D. Hyman and Cherry Pedrick
You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.
I hope this has helped you,Kate
Yes, medications can help. Medications that are in the SSRI group, including Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac and Anafranil have proven effective in helping OCD symptoms. Other medications are currently being tested and may be available soon.
Another site that may be helpful to you for more information is:
It is not uncommon for people with OCD to be greatly distressed by their thoughts. Although accepting them seems appalling, remember they are just thoughts and cannot hurt you or anyone else. Keep reminding yourself of that fact. And continue to educate yourself about anxiety related to OCD. The more you know, the less control the disorder has on you.
Usually, OCD is a genetic disorder that results from lack of serotonin in the brain. It would not come on suddenly but much like you experienced. The difficulty comes when the anxiety comes into play. It then becomes a cycle of anxiety and thoughts produced by the OCD.
It is commendable that you are willing to fight this condition the way you are. People with that type of commitment and determination are usually very successful.