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Re: Stimulants increasing anxiety, OCD? (long) noa

Posted by 4WD on January 20, 2008, at 18:40:47

In reply to Stimulants increasing anxiety, OCD? (long), posted by noa on August 1, 2003, at 11:35:48

Hi Noa,

I only have mild OCD but it is helped by SSRIs (I am on Celexa). I have to do a lot less counting, balancing things to be even, etc.

As to your other question, stimulants definitely increased OCD behaviors. I spent hours in front of the mirror picking at my face. I would spend hours tweezing hair off my legs. I would pick at my legs, my arms my skin, anywhere. This was when I was on Ionamin which is actually a diet pill, a pretty mild form of speed (but since I was abusing it, it wasn't mild at all for me - I was taking way too much of it.)

So I think it is probably the stimulant which is exacerbating the skin picking problem. I think your pdoc is right on this one.





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