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Re: Depression, Paranoid Presnl. Disord. & Comp/Obsess

Posted by Cindy on October 25, 1999, at 9:14:36

In reply to Depression, Paranoid Presnl. Disord. & Comp/Obsess, posted by Ania on October 25, 1999, at 7:57:55

> I think I finally figured out what's wrong with me.
> I think I have combination of problems that no one was
> aware of. I was treated for depression for years with
> Prozac then a combination of Prozac and Effexor XR.
> At first the results were ok, then they started to
> taper of and the side effects become too much to handle.
> I've been of meds. for two months now and I'm starting
> to loose control!!!
> On top of the "normal" depression symptoms I'm experiencing
> compulsive/obsessive behaviors and I feel like every one
> (especially my roommate) are out to get me. Now that I think
> about, I've experienced these feelings before when I wasn't
> on any medicines. And they became worse as time progressed.
> It is possible that I was misdiagnosed and I not only have
> depression, but also a paranoid personality disorder and a
> compulsive/obsessive disorder? I think my mom and grandmother
> have it (isn't it hereditary?)
> I know Prozac is suppose to work for comp/obs, it helped me
> with my preoccupation with food, but what works for paranoia?
> What do I do? I don't want to have to be on medications for the rest
> of my life.
> How do I find out if I do have all these problems?
> Please help,
> Ania

Ania, I can relate to a lot of what you said. Since I was a kid, I had OCD and depression, and have tried various medications so far without total success. The Serzone I'm on is helping a lot with the depression but doesn't touch the OCD. Check out the OCD list (OCD-L@VM.MARIST.EDU). I think you subscribe by writing to the listserver. If you're interested, I'll mail you the address. It addresses how to live with OCD. My family too has several members with depression and OCD. There are also several good books for OCD. When I'm not late for work, which I am right now, I'll send you a list. In addition to medication, there is cognitive behavior therapy to help with the OCD. I don't mind taking medication the rest of my life because I don't ever want to go back to feeling as depressed as I did before (when life didn't feel worth living).--Cindy




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