- Feb 21, 2020
- SW London
Well I was smoking cannabis a bit leading up to that, but I think it was the stress of the whole episode
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Also smoked quite a bit of weed as a teenager, which I bet didn't help.Mine initially came on after a traumatic illness I had during my teenage years, (I think) it also took 2 years to come on but they were subtle signs I didn't realize. It also runs in my family too, which I think could also be a factor. So yeah trauma and genes are probably the reason.
I used to struggle with compulsions and obsessions, but now it just tends to be crippling instrusive thoughts, mixed with BPD and GAD it doesn't help. I remember going out for a long walk and never feeling more sad and strange in my life with all these thoughts going around in my head, confused.
I lived with mild to moderate (managed by Sertraline) OCD for the next few years until I had full breakdown due to the instrusive thoughts. Got CBT in the past but never properly engaged with it due to lack of motivation and interchangeable moods.
At the moment I would say my instrusive thoughts are fairly severe, but just restarted on the Sertraline again (which seems to work) and Quetiapine (not for the OCD other things but hoping it may help a little)
It's a horrible condition and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy to be honest! Hopefully with new medications and things I'm doing (weight lifting, mindfulness, etc) it might help! Staying positive and fingers crossed.
It was 17 when it came on, worst at 22-23.
Feel we've had similar experiences! Weed was just normal when I was at school in the 90s, so idiotic looking back. I got into harder party drugs later in my teens, I knew how stupid it was, I think by that stage I just didn't care, hated life so much. The OCD got so bad and scary I totally quit at around 20 and since then haven't gone near drugs for about 19 years. I think if you're somebody who's easily bored (I have ADHD) you need a lot of guidance at that age to avoid the drugs trap.Also smoked quite a bit of weed as a teenager, which I bet didn't help.
Yeah it makes you disciplined at times which can be good sometimes, not that I'm saying OCD is a good thing! I find lying in on a morning bad for my OCD, I think getting up early helps too. Getting a good amount of sleep, but not too muchMine was also very bad in my early 20s. I was just getting on top of it when a traumatic event brought it back again in a new way. Anyway, managing it OK at the moment. I think it was always there with me in a more subtle way, counting little patterns and things, and worrying a huge amount even as a child. Not helped by my Dad going off the rails with drink when I was about 8. On the plus side it has taught me a lot of self-discipline, in terms of eating well and exercising lots
I think physical abuse has a lot to do with ocd. I was too being beaten by my father out of the blue, I was constantly scared and I now realize that ocd was a coping mechanism, gave me a sense of safety and control(This might be triggering)
yep same for me. A slow build. My first experience that I can remember is in kindergarten. I had a thing with aligning my pencils perfectly straight on my desk. I think it was a coping mechanism and I felt if I did that, that both my brother and I wouldn’t get yelled at or beat by my dad at home.
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