Psycho-Babble Medication | about biological treatments | Framed
This thread | Show all | Post follow-up | Start new thread | List of forums | Search | FAQ

Re: Bipolar & OCD

Posted by Bones on August 31, 1999, at 22:04:27

In reply to Bipolar & OCD, posted by Curt on August 31, 1999, at 14:59:50

Hi Curt: I understand your dilemma. I have OCD and Social Anxiety. I find that I can't find a medication that tackles both problems. The SSRI's do work on both (some of them), but I don't seem to tolerate them very well and can't achieve a doseage high enough to rid me of OCD symptoms. And often at small doses - it's kind of strange they actually seem to exacerbate the problem. (Although any "shrink" will continue to press them as a solution for OCD.)

Anyway - back to you my friend. Have you ever tried Anafranil - it worked very, very well for my obsessions a few years ago when I had a really bad "episode". It does take a few weeks to kick in, but when it does it's wonderful - you still have obsessions - the thoughts are still there - but POOF they disappear. There are side effects - sedation being the biggy (at least for me); I know a lot of people gain weight with it too. I've attended an OCD support group a couple of times, and the majority of people found this medication to be the MOST helpful. It's from the Tricyclic family - I don't think it would irritate your manic depression. Have you discussed this with your doctor - how about lithium and an anti-depressant combo.

It's good to talk with someone else with OCD - it doesn't seem like there are too many of us in babble. Another suggestion - there is a very good book you may want to read for us OCD'ers, it's called "Brain Lock" (Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior) by JEffrey M. Schwartz. I guess it's kind of a behavioral/cognitive approach to dealing with this handicap.

Anyway must go and try to get some sleep.

Good luck and take care. (It's a constant struggle isn't it?)

> I was diagnosed with OCD over 10 years ago, and more recently diagnosed with manic depression, although the ssri's virtually eliminate the symptoms of the OCD, they have the affect of making me manic. I have been on Luvox now for almost a month and subsequently have become severely Manic, feeling extremely euphoric and/or very agitated. My doctor told me to stop taking the luvox, but I haven't out of fear of my obsessions returning. During the periods of agitation I tend to sedate myself with alcohol, but this had produced a mixed state of mania and depression. I have been prescribed various anti-psychotics in the past along with a mood stabalizer and an ssri, but the anti-psychotics impair my ability to think clearly or concentrate, and seriously impairs my ability to function at work. I am at the end of my rope now, and don't know what else to try. What is a person supposed to do? Aren't there any other treatments available for people with this co-existing diagnosis?




Post a new follow-up

Your message only Include above post

Notify the administrators

They will then review this post with the posting guidelines in mind.

To contact them about something other than this post, please use this form instead.


Start a new thread

Google www
Search options and examples
[amazon] for

This thread | Show all | Post follow-up | Start new thread | FAQ
Psycho-Babble Medication | Framed

poster:Bones thread:10834