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Re: $1000 or more to solve this OCD symptom

Posted by braincandy_566 on October 29, 2003, at 22:44:14

In reply to $1000 or more to solve this OCD symptom, posted by OCDsalivator on August 18, 2003, at 1:25:18

Just to let you know, you are not alone. I have had this constant swallowing dilemma for about 15 years myself (I'm 29). It has been very difficult for me to feel comfortable in many public places, to speak to people (especially in quiet settings), etc.. Whatever activity I'm involved with, I can't go a few minutes without swallowing. Often the act of swallowing in front of people other than my family makes me feel anxious and nervous. However, whether with other people or by myself, I often find myself in the constant swallowing mode. (The only times I don't have this problem are when I'm watching a good movie I get lost in).

I believe the swallowing condition I have has greatly influenced my career path as I am in a field with far less 'people' interaction than many other professions. It has likewise affected many other areas of my life.

Medication such as luvox or buspar has alleviated the problem a little, but not that much. Besides, I feel I lose a little mental edge when I take any unnecessary medications. Dry mouth meds may not work very well for me. Only tried this amitryptyline and felt it was not very helpful (tried different dosing).

I've been to several psychologists but have not yet found someone to really help my problem, though it's been nice to have an outlet for negative thoughts, etc.

I guess its good to have a sense of humor, but that only goes so far. I empathize with your situation, and hope that it improves. Let me know if you have any breakthroughs. :)

ps im open to any suggestions.





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