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Re: OCD people, meds?, please read! daizy

Posted by Janelle on July 12, 2003, at 19:17:35

In reply to OCD people, meds?, please read!, posted by daizy on July 12, 2003, at 18:44:23


I do not have *full-blown OCD*, but do have at least one trait of it which seems to happen when I'm in a depression ... I do what is called "doubting and checking" - meaning I don't really *believe* that I've done a certain task (say brush my teeth), so I repeat it over and over, several times, till something finally clicks in my brain and I feel *satisfied* that I did indeed do it.

I also have few ritualistic compulsions that are associated with OCD, but like you I do have obsessive thoughts. However, mine are more in the form of an endless tape in my head of thoughts of regretting or second guessing some kind of action I took or something I said or did. Why did I so and so, and this goes over and over and over in my head ...

Your obsessing about what people think of you, obsessing about your looks, about your weight, about food sounds more like some form of insecurity than OCD to me. But I am FARRRR from an expert.

I don't see anything being "terribly wrong" with you - OCD is a form of an ANXIETY disorder, and I would say you have insecurity (don't we all!) and anxiety rather than OCD.

Elavil is an ANTI-DEPRESSANT, so I don't know why your pdoc gave it to you for OCD?!! Or were you depressed at some point and given Elavil?

I took Elavil years ago for depression and it worked for me. But again, that was for depression, NOT OCD.

Anafranil is the *gold standard* med for OCD - it is a TCA like Elavil. A newer generation med for OCD is Luvox, which is an SSRI.

As far as I know, Anafranil and/or Luvox are the meds of choice for OCD.




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