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Re: Suicidal thoughts and Prozac

Posted by violette on September 19, 2010, at 11:10:45

In reply to Re: Suicidal thoughts and Prozac, posted by linkadge on September 19, 2010, at 7:22:39


You just described the concepts of the psychodynamic view of an OCD personality; obsessions-compulsions are the means by which the mind prevents unacceptable emotions from entering consciousness....

The emotions disavowed are a source of inner conflict because they contrast with what the sense of self one created and strives to maintain....there is no outlet for the emotion because it conflicts with your conscious sense of self-so it becomes that loop of ocd behavior to prevent the disavowed emotion(s) from emerging into conscious....some people are highly ocd because for whatever reason, that's the coping mechanism they developed; others use a mix of defenses to include ocd.

There are 2 poles involved that represent 2 seperate 'sense of self'. The conscious, like all things, tries to maintain an equilibrium-but cannot do so because those disavowed emotions defy the ego/self one tries to maintain, or even the idealized self...

I have ocd personality traits too; in psychoanalytic therapy, when the unconscious conflict came to consciousness, the ocd behavior diminished..because unacceptable emotion(s) gets 'discharged'. When this happened to me, when the emotions that were the primary source of conflict emerged in my awareness, it was the scariest affect state I ever had so far...

Of course this brought about emotional pain-and new symptoms to contend with! And there probably are some other conflicts i still hold inside by using ocd behavior-but the primary one was discovered, and the ocd behavior reduced dramatically. The unacceptable emotions need slowly integrated into the conscious...and the other ones blocked out by other defenses-which eventually leads to mental equilibrium...

Just imo i think the emotions are already there before the seratonin in whatever way alters how the mind has habitually kept those emotions out of consciousness.

Seratonin has been associated with aggression-nothing conclusive as far as i know-but any type of aggression/extroverted expression of anger is usually an unacceptable emotion-often a source of conflict with those with ocd traits.




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