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Re: Cam or anyone, Anafranil better for OCD?

Posted by bones on September 27, 2001, at 20:06:50

In reply to Re: Cam or anyone, Anafranil better for OCD?, posted by Trish Baker on June 29, 2001, at 4:18:44

Hi Trish: I haven't visited Psycobabble for over a year now. My OCD has flared up again and prompted my visit.

I was reading through search messages for OCD and came across your "thread".

Thought I would say Hi, and ask how you are doing now. Did you stay with the Anafranil (Clomipramine)?? I hope you are feeling some cessation of your symptoms. I know how you suffer.

My OCD started up again after a very stressful few months; I had just enrolled at school full-time and was knocked over the head with OCD symptoms again. I decided to leave. Nursing is a stressful occupation; stress exacerbates my OCD ... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine that perhaps this is not a wise direction to go in.

As soon as I became symptomatic I started up with anafranil. It made my symptoms much worse!! So after 10 days I thought, the hell with this ... and came off it. I had managed to get up to 75 mg. in 10 days. Now I'm wondering if I made the right move. Anafranil has worked really well for me in the past. (That's why I'm hoping it eventually kicked in for you.) It almost acted like a wall between my obsessive thoughts and my brain. I felt protected. What a wonderful feeling, to be free of harassment.

What do you think about OCD ... I still have difficulty believing that there's a physiological cause. No matter what all of the medical research claims. Funny isn't it. I've had it since I was 15 years old, and have worked very hard with my own behavioural techniques to find relief. I must say ... with a lot of success. Whenever I go through a new "bout" I feel hopeless again. Like the symptoms will never cease.

I find it very difficult writing in this box, because I can never review my writing.

Anyway ... I am babbling. My husband wants to come on his computer.

I felt for you after reading your message, and thought I would say hello.

Let me know how you are doing now!

Take care.




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