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Hi, NorasDad here. Just got diagnosed after 40 years!

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Hi All,

The realization that my life has been dominated by OCD just came to me in the past few months - and is still coming.

I just got effective drug therapy (60mg of Lexapro) and it's a different world. I would be interested in ANY suggestions - here, offline, or in another thread - as to what my priorities should be.

Thanks and hello again

OCD and Anxiety
 
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Hi NorasDad, what do you mean by priorities ?? You are stable on the medication, so this is wonderful.
Well, I'm ok on the meds but I hit a VERY rough patch recently. The stress of a divorce finally got the better of me and I was laid up with breakthrough panic attacks all day.

Everything's getting better, but I have to figure out how to live my life now. In a weird way, that panic attacks made me feel better because I had something to focus on and a relatable way to tell people what I was going through.

Now I realize that unless one is experienced with the OCD mind, it's very hard to really understand how to help. There's so much about OCD that's counterintuitive.
 
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Ah, divorce. Divorce is like you are dying inside but still alive. Divorce is torture. It will take some time to get through this. I am sending you a hug. :hug5:
 
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Hi NorasDad,

Sorry to hear that you are dealing with OCD and anxiety, but it’s very nice to know that you are doing well on the Lexapro. It’s realy good medication. I take it as well for the past 2 going into 3 months.
What is mind boggling is you are on 60 mg:eek: I am on 25 mg and I want to increase to 30 mg but my doctor refuses telling that’s over the limit which’s only 20 mg. I told him it’s making me feel better and a little increase would set the perfect dose because I still have days of feeling on edge. He tells me an increase might cause serotonin syndrome.

I hope everything goes well in your journey. After a while, you might not even need it. Stay positive and take good care of yourself my friend.

Peace, blessings and good health to you.
 
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Hi NorasDad,

Sorry to hear that you are dealing with OCD and anxiety, but it’s very nice to know that you are doing well on the Lexapro. It’s realy good medication. I take it as well for the past 2 going into 3 months.
What is mind boggling is you are on 60 mg:eek: I am on 25 mg and I want to increase to 30 mg but my doctor refuses telling that’s over the limit which’s only 20 mg. I told him it’s making me feel better and a little increase would set the perfect dose because I still have days of feeling on edge. He tells me an increase might cause serotonin syndrome.

I hope everything goes well in your journey. After a while, you might not even need it. Stay positive and take good care of yourself my friend.

Peace, blessings and good health to you.
For doses above 25mg or so, you have to have an EKG periodically to monitor your heart rhythm. In some patients, escitalopram has lengthened their T-wave . I've had a couple EKGs in the past three years and my doc isn't worried.
 
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For doses above 25mg or so, you have to have an EKG periodically to monitor your heart rhythm. In some patients, escitalopram has lengthened their T-wave . I've had a couple EKGs in the past three years and my doc isn't worried.
Thanks for the heads up.
I am having a general check up with blood work to test for any deficiencies. I will ask my doctor and explain to him what you said.

I appreciate it.
 
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