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OCD Exacerbation

Posted by Bones on July 23, 2020, at 8:14:42

Hello everyone.
I am experiencing a relapse and what seems like an extreme exacerbation of my OCD symptoms. It's been 20 years since my last relapse. I'm feeling overwhelmed and hopeless at times that I will ever improve. This has been going on for about a month. I know these are difficult times for everyone with the COVID epidemic and restrictions as a result. Saying that, I didn't think that I was feeling too anxious about COVID and don't think this was the cause of my relapse. Perhaps I am just unconscious of feelings. I am a nurse (mental health) (retiring soon and now on sick leave). I'm finding it challenging not being able to see my psychologist face to face. Somehow the online interview does not have the same impact as when you are sitting and being with a person. I will be starting with a couple of peer support groups, but again they will be online. I started increasing my Zoloft but at 100 mg. didn't find it was giving much release from anxiety and obsessional thoughts. I was also taking scheduled benzos during the day. We changed to Pristiq as my daughter is on it for depression and it is working well for her major depressive disorder. (She paid for the genetic testing for antidepressant use and prescribed as a result.) I was experiencing side effects from the Pristiq so am now taking Paxil which I was on for almost 10 years during the 90's. I'm trying to stay away from benzos on recommendation of psychologist who specializes in OCD and taking Pregablin 125 mg every 8 hrs. I'm experimenting with sleep medications as mentioned as trying to avoid benzos and currently taking Trazadone and Zopiclone together. Sometimes just Trazadone. A fear of not being able to sleep has always been an aspect of my OCD. For last few weeks I was taking Temazepam 30 mg at night to sleep.I wake every morning very anxious. Even when taking Temazepam. My doc thinks this may be withdrawal from the benzos. I've had a lot of drug changes in the past month.
I guess I'm writing for encouragement and also to ask if anyone else with OCD has felt this way before. A relapse where you are bombarded with old and new obsessions. Did you think you would never return to stability? Another question. Do you think it is worthwhile to do genetic drug testing to see which antidepressant would work the best for me?

Thank you everyone and to this forum which provides wonderful support to those who are suffering from mental illness.




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