i have heard of very recent instances when a patient went to a psychiatrist with classic purely-obsessive symptoms, and the psychiatrist did not seem to know the research available on the subject at all, and even prescribed medication that agitated the situation.
― surm, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 16:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
(and obviously that patient was me)
yesterday was a particularly bad day. i spent about 2 1/2 hours fixing my hair. with scissors. luckily i don't look like exactly like frankenstein.
― surm, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
A couple years ago my first therapist suggested that I might have "pure o" because I was (and will no doubt one day again)become fixated on the idea that I'm going crazy. In the past I've also tended to ruminate excessively on and become quite agitated by "brain in a jar"-type fears--things that are basically pointless to think about. Right now I'm in the midst of a pretty debilitating year-long bout hypochondria (which is fun to make fun of but not to experience), which I think might be the same thing but with different content (it's also much harder to function with than existential obsessions, because I feel strongly compelled by the thought that I have some life threatening condition that requires immediate action, and I also have panic attacks with this). In the past when I've been REALLY depressed and stressed out, I've contended with some intrusive thoughts, like what if I harm someone or throw myself out of a moving vehicle on the interstate (I definitely DO NOT want to do these things). Not something you want to admit to the wrong person.
― emilys., Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:07 (11 months ago) Permalink
it's not--i have the same and my parents don't even get it. i'm pretty sure they think i'm a schizophrenic in denial or something.
― een, Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:17 (11 months ago) Permalink
on the bright side, telling someone about it won't actually make it any better, so you're not really missing out on anything
― een, Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:18 (11 months ago) Permalink
Well, I told the internet. And you're right, I still feel terrible!
― emilys., Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:45 (11 months ago) Permalink