Trying to find the right treatment for OCD can take awhile, but you can reduce your symptoms by 90% with the right programs. What programs are right for me? This you will have to try on your own. I started out seeing a doctor once a week for six months. This really helped me to talk about what I was thinking and how I was feeling. It’s great to talk to someone you can trust and know that it won’t be repeated anywhere.
Three weeks into the therapy, the doctor decided to put me on an antidepressant to help with the depression. This is a common problem with people who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It also helped my thinking process and lifted my spirits. It gave me the opportunity to think clearly about my game plan to beat this. I started taking 50mg of Zoloft.
When my doctor thought I was a bit more stable, we started right into exposure therapy. This by far is the best way to treat and face your OCD. I explain what exposure therapy on this website under OCD treatments. The basic idea is to be constantly exposed to what makes you anxious until your anxiety level drops and you are at a relaxed state.
After weeks of exposure therapy and an increase of my Zoloft to 100mg I started to notice changes already. Mainly in my thinking patterns. What I was thinking about and why I was having these thoughts. I started to embrace them instead of fighting them.
This took a lot of practice and I was determind to stop being scared of life. What’s the point of being alive if you are not going to enjoy it.
I now can control my OCD, it does not control me. I have a better diet now, including foods that have high serotonin levels. See “foods that help fight OCD” page on this site. I started to walk everyday for 20 mins.