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Just remembered I showed someone this video before when they asked about OCD. Evette Rose is very advanced and goes into a lot of detail when explaining these things.

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I watched it and I don't want to sound like an idiot but to be completely honest I felt like her speech was all over the place and lacked a specific point. It did not help me understand my behaviours more and I didn't get the whole "punishment" point. I am more prone to hypothesize that my OCD-like behaviours are a consequence of my main anxiety disorder rather than something on their own.

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I am very sorry to hear about your own experience. Seems like you've been through a lot, and still are. I'm glad this technique is helping you. Have you tried any therapy that didn't involve medications? That could work out for you.
I think I need long-term therapy, which I can't afford. I already use all the techniques they teach you in brief therapy (CBT, ACT, mindfulness, etc. -- I read a lot of psych books) so I'm not convinced it would help even if I could get a few free sessions. I am slowly getting better at dealing with things on my own, though.

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I watched it and I don't want to sound like an idiot but to be completely honest I felt like her speech was all over the place and lacked a specific point. It did not help me understand my behaviours more and I didn't get the whole "punishment" point. I am more prone to hypothesize that my OCD-like behaviours are a consequence of my main anxiety disorder rather than something on their own.
Not sure what to say, I found it pretty easy to understand. When I had OCD I had it by itself, a lot of people do and so of course it's possible that you can have it along side another disorder.
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The thing is anxiety often times is just another symptom and not the root cause of the issue. The root cause of the issue would be a traumatic experience or it could be genetic, trauma that's been passed down from your ancestors.
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The thing is anxiety often times is just another symptom and not the root cause of the issue. The root cause of the issue would be a traumatic experience or it could be genetic, trauma that's been passed down from your ancestors.

So what she's saying is that OCD could be inherited, which I thought was already well known.


One of my obsessions is picking my own skin (when I see something that I don't like/makes it less smooth, etc.; I think it's called dermatillomania now) and I definitely picked that up from my mother. She would pick her own skin and mine trying to get rid of "impurities" or "imperfections". She would also do things like brushing her teeth for 20 minutes straight. I don't do that, but I can't go to bed unless I've brushed my teeth, no matter what time in the night it is or how tired I am. Again, it's a good habit that doesn't harm anyone but it shouldn't be the only way I could go to bed.

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So what she's saying is that OCD could be inherited, which I thought was already well known.


One of my obsessions is picking my own skin (when I see something that I don't like/makes it less smooth, etc.; I think it's called dermatillomania now) and I definitely picked that up from my mother. She would pick her own skin and mine trying to get rid of "impurities" or "imperfections". She would also do things like brushing her teeth for 20 minutes straight. I don't do that, but I can't go to bed unless I've brushed my teeth, no matter what time in the night it is or how tired I am. Again, it's a good habit that doesn't harm anyone but it shouldn't be the only way I could go to bed.
She's saying that it's passed down from your ancestors because of trauma they experienced. Research has been done on this, she sites the studies in her book but the mainstream so far doesn't fully recognize it. They say things like it probably runs in the family and that it's probably genetics.

I used to have to tidy up my room before going to bed and I had to line everything up on my desk. One night I got the idea to use a ruler to line everything up perfectly, I would spend up to 30 minutes making sure my room was perfect.
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I used to have to tidy up my room before going to bed and I had to line everything up on my desk. One night I got the idea to use a ruler to line everything up perfectly, I would spend up to 30 minutes making sure my room was perfect.

I'm sorry you had to go through all of that. So how did things start to get better?

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I'm sorry you had to go through all of that. So how did things start to get better?
I was 11 then, I did some therapy and they asked me if I wanted to try meds or continue with therapy. I chose meds because it seemed easier, they gave me Aropax (Paroxetine) and a month or two later almost all of it went away. My mum said she's was the happiest mum when she saw I went to bed without tidying up my room, haha.
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I was 11 then, I did some therapy and they asked me if I wanted to try meds or continue with therapy. I chose meds because it seemed easier, they gave me Aropax (Paroxetine) and a month or two later almost all of it went away. My mum said she's was the happiest mum when she saw I went to bed without tidying up my room, haha.

I see, I will never take antidepressants again though, they had unbearable side effects on me.

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I see, I will never take antidepressants again though, they had unbearable side effects on me.
I've had so many side effects from meds, have some crazy stories. Didn't have them when I was taking them for OCD and my symptoms didn't come back when I stopped so that was a good thing.
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Yes, it's mostly pure O-type OCD (mainly obsessions) but I do pick at my skin a lot, severely enough to be considered a compulsion.



But aside from the picking it's mostly intrusive thoughts as my obsessions. Some of it is terrible and disgusting, just really violent or sexual thoughts that make me feel like a monster. Fortunately, mindfulness and DBT has taught me to let the thoughts pass and to not identify with them and recognize that it's not my fault for having them.

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Had the hand washing ocd until I ran out of soap. Kidding!

Meds seemed to rid that for me even after I've stopped taking any anxiety meds.
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I definitely don't have the tidying up one lol.

I get pure o though

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Yes. I tried 3 different medications for it (Prozac, Trintellix, Pristiq). None worked. Well maybe they would have worked at higher doses but I had bad side effects.
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Yes. I tried 3 different medications for it (Prozac, Trintellix, Pristiq). None worked. Well maybe they would have worked at higher doses but I had bad side effects.

Same! Was on Prozac and had really bad side effects.

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Same! Was on Prozac and had really bad side effects.
Was it insomnia for you?
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Was it insomnia for you?

No but I've always been taking sleeping medications at the same time. Probably TMI but I became basically asexual for the whole time I was taking it.

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I'm not sure it's a disorder, TBH. Everyone seems to be obsessed with something. I mean, how could people do the same thing every day if they weren't irrationally obsessed with whatever they're doing?

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I'm not sure it's a disorder, TBH. Everyone seems to be obsessed with something. I mean, how could people do the same thing every day if they weren't irrationally obsessed with whatever they're doing?
Wrong.
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