Hello again, I believe I can help you with your concern
So Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) does have different severity levels and for some it can be very mild and for others it can be very severe.
hi..........sorry I have so many questions
It is okay, I am here to help you. Here are a list of the symptoms for OCD
I'm probably middle of the spectrum
To get properly evaluated you would want to see a mental health professional, like your therapist or a psychiatrist
So your therapist can provide you with a variety of behavioral techniques to help you overcome OCD, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
You can also see a psychiatrist and be prescribed medications as well
really? I didn't know meds could help
that's good to know
Yes some basic medications to start that could help are the SSRI antidepressants like Zoloft, Lexapro, Luvox, or Paxil
I'll look into them, thanks
May I ask, why do you think that you may have OCD?
oh boy.........well, I have had a strange obsession for years
and it's not getting any better or going away
Okay, well I do want to say that because you have suffered a trauma some obsessional thoughts could be related to PTSD and not necessarily OCD
I have an obsession with a...............certain body part
oh, I didnt' realize that
Yeah, and if it is that body part that causes you trauma it most likely is related to PTSD then
The medications can still help though and so can your therapist
ok. that's good to know
Is there anything else you need help with?
.....................not sure.....my brain is going nuts right now and I'm not sure how to deal with it..........have thought about checking myself into a hospital, but haven't decided for sure
Okay, well why dont you describe what you are experiencing right now?
lots of anxiety........I feel like I want to jump out of my skin.......these feelings are making me want to cut............
just a whole mess of emotions that I can't deal with
irrational thoughts and urges
I am sorry that you are feeling this way, I can imagine how distressing this is for you. I think because you have you are having feelings to cut or your alter has these feelings, then checking into a hospital could be a good idea.
It sounds like you may need a medication adjustment to help with this anxiety and to help regulate your emotions
they won't do a physical exam on me, will they?
No, for mental health reasons they will not do a medical exam
i can't stand the idea of being touched right now
No the only medical exam they will do is probably take your weight, blood pressure, and temperature.
oh, ok. I think I can handle that
alright.........well, as always, thanks for being willing to chat................
I am always willing to help out. But you forgot to rate me on our last chat session, so I would like to remind you do that because if you do not rate, the website may not allow you to post future questions
Also do not forget to bring your journal with you if you want to check yourself into a hospital
so sorry about that......I'll rate you know for both
I decided not to go to the hospital........I'm working on controlling my emotions at home. While the urge to self-harm is still there, I haven't acted on it since Wednesday. As long as I don't think much, I feel I can stay safe................but that's much easier said than done. Anyway, just thought I'd check in today since I saw you were online
thanks. I'll be sure and try your suggestions
I do actually have a question..........................you said that these "ocd-like" thoughts could just be related to the trauma I've experienced? could one alter potentially have OCD where the others do not? I'm not sure if this is the case, but it might be. the obsessive thoughts have plagued me for years and drive me crazy. So far, no therapist has been able to help me successfully reduce the obsessive thoughts or the anxiety created by them.
ok. so what does "successfully treating the PTSD" look like? I've been in therapy for years with no resolution
ok..........is there medication for DID? I've never heard of any before. And, what would you say is the best treatment for my issues? I've tried almost everything I can think of.
Thanks. I'll look into the meds. As well, I'll research the two therapy methods you suggest. I've been in CBT for a while, but haven't ever done DBT.