Can you have sometimes OCD, or is it something else?
October 21, 2013 5:55 AM Subscribe
I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in undergrad (say 11 years ago), and it has been mostly controlled with a medium-low dose of SNRI
s. Lately I've been having problems with what I think of as OCD-type symptoms, but sort of randomly. I'm looking for insight into whether this is a change in how my anxiety presents (i.e. am I developing OCD?) and if so, should I change treatment? If NOT, and this is a breakthrough GAD symptom, what are some more coping strategies? I'm usually pretty good at researching actual solutions/strategies for what I havem but since I'm not sure what that is, I'm having trouble figuring out what to research...
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Two main types of attacks:
1) I suddenly MUST find something I haven't seen or cared about in months, and can easily replace if I don't find it, e.g. half a book of stamps, a particular type of hairpin, a bag of adhesive bandages. If I can't find it, it is because I am a disorganized slob (not untrue) and a failure as a person. Cue tearing my apartment apart looking for thing, making a bigger mess in the process, ending up too tired to clean, ensuring something else will get misplaced.
2) I realize I am out of or nearly out of something and I HAVE TO find out a cheap way of replacing it. I must do this immediately because I have no money and will have even less money tomorrow (even though I make a decent salary) and because every penny I spend, even on food and toilet paper, is wasteful and irresponsible. This also adds to me hoarding any type of grocery that goes up in price on me, currently cheese, previously peanut butter, before that, tuna.
99% of the time these attacks hit me when I'm otherwise at a low ebb, either trying to get to sleep (making me stay awake for another hour or two) or in the morning (making me late for work by 30 minutes or so). I think, if these things even start to kick off during the middle of the day I am so busy with work or I can distract myself, so they don't really get a foothold, but at the beginning and end of the day, I don't have the same options.
Other fun data: I have a sleep disorder, so I can't go on much higher a dose of the SNRI or I will fall asleep during the day. I have lorazepam for break through anxiety attacks but I would prefer not to use it. My work insurance has a small allowance for therapy but I want to make sure I've researched my options and am targeting the right things.