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Somatic OCD Swallowing

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Hello,

(Note that I have reposted this 3 months later as I need some more advice regarding my issue.)

For the past 3 months or so, I've developed swallowing sensorimotor (somatic ocd). Basically this means I've been extremely hyperaware of the act of swallowing which is usually subconscious. This is all day every second of the day, saliva starts developing in my mouth and this forces me to swallow it every 10-15 seconds.

(I have been recommended to hold 'in' the saliva for as long as possible - although I cannot do this as I get an 'urge' to swallow in my throat - which can actually get pretty bad to experience.)

Because of this, life has become 24/7 torment and torture for me. I am stuck in a dark abyss and I am unsure how to get out. I have been unable to pursue any of my hobbies. I am suffering from chronic insomnia during the night because of this somatic OCD.

I have tried to accept the swallowing although this is becoming increasingly difficult for me to do so. During the past week or so the anxiety and torment has become increasingly worse and I am utterly confused as to what to do.

School is about to start and this problem has absolutely slashed my grades and if I do not get the help I need it will probably be like this this semester.

I don't know what to do, I know I need to actively try and get out of this darkness but I am unsure how as everything I have tried has almost always ultimately failed. Just getting one solid night of sleep would be a dream for me...

If anyone has any sort of feedback or would want to talk to me more in regards to this please reply to this post.

I just want my life back... I am confused as to what to do next. But I will work to death to get this under control but I just don't know what to do.
Thanks,
Tom
 
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hi tomjoney I have had things like that
you might be a bit isolated
if you look up

find mental health zoom meetings

in a search engine you might find somewhere to socialise online
 
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hi tomjoney I have had things like that
you might be a bit isolated
if you look up

find mental health zoom meetings

in a search engine you might find somewhere to socialise online
OK do you know some websites?
 
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I can't give links on here
I can only tell you what to search for sorry
 
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I've had a lot of ocd symptoms yes
including the swallowing one
and my mind will also come up with new ones
which I have to be patient with
 
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I've had a lot of ocd symptoms yes
including the swallowing one
and my mind will also come up with new ones
which I have to be patient with
How did you get over it?
 
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I think some of it is still going on , especially with washing I would say

what has helped is group therapy
and you might be able to find it online

there is an organisation called NAMI
which might be able to help you with some links
im not sure, but there are things going on online
where you can really talk to people
 
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I think some of it is still going on , especially with washing I would say

what has helped is group therapy
and you might be able to find it online

there is an organisation called NAMI
which might be able to help you with some links
im not sure, but there are things going on online
where you can really talk to people
Does this cost money?
 
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I've had a look and I don't think so, you can make a free account
or just text them

its an American organisation that is one of the largest in the world
I would hope they can at least point you to some help
 
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Does this cost money?
Hey, Tom, I just looked into NAMI for NZ and it looks like they say they don't offer services outside the US due to lack of resources. Onward, as there are other groups out there and we shall find you one. xx
 
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