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Re: Cam or anyone, Anafranil better for OCD?

Posted by bones on September 29, 2001, at 7:49:34

In reply to Re: Cam or anyone, Anafranil better for OCD?, posted by Trish Baker on September 27, 2001, at 20:56:08

Hi Trish: I'm glad that the Anafranil is working for you. I know weight gain is difficult to deal with; but think of the alternative! Amazing enough - weight gain wasn't a side effect with me when on Anafranil. But typically what I would do would be to go on a high dose and come down to a much lower dose after symptoms had subsided. Perhaps not a good thing to do, but it seemed to work for me.

I was reading through the other messages from Mich and Scott. (Thanks guys!) Anafranil has always worked well for me in the past, and I did try other SSRI's - but at very small doseages. I found my tolerance of SSRI's even less than the tricyclic's - perhaps because I was expecting no side effects. Whenever I even upped to 20 mg. of Prozac, I felt like I was hit over the head with a plank! Anafranil does wipe you out at the beginning - but the side effects cease - even that wonderful dry mouth.

I'm still off of medication - waiting until next week when I revist my Doctor. I know all of the alternatives - have been on most of them. I suppose I'm somewhat "non-compliant" as I go on and come off - go on and come off.

On Wednesday night I took a Tyleonol 3 plus a regular tylenol. Codeine really does have an amazing effect on this illness - I've felt great for the last couple of days. Sleeping well - feeling "normal". (That's a good feeling!!) Not in a habit of doing this - who wants to become addicted to narcotics.

Anyway - I'm babbling (on "babble") again!!

Glad you're feeling better. Do you go to any behaviour therapy group?? When my symptoms reared their ugly head again, I immediately phoned the closest "center" in the city (Toronto). I registerd with it about a year and a half ago. Massive amounts of questions/inteviewing. (Specimen "A".) They advised (as they did last time), that there would be a waiting time of 6 months. Ususally in 6 months I'm feeling better and am kind of reluctant to resurrect symptoms again. I suppose I should.

My faith is a bit of a troublesome area with my OCD. (Actually right now I suppose, I'm a little bit mad at God.) It helps and hinders my progress. Nothing to do with God in his/her goodness - more to do with deep rooted superstitions/fears that my OCD exacerbates. The Doctor I visited suggested I get counselling at my church; probably a good idea. Focus on God's love - meditate and bathe in it.

Take care Trish. Tell me a little about yourself. You mention experiencing symptoms at a young age. Was your childhood - stable - relatively happy. Mine was.




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