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Re: What is OCD?

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 12, 2015, at 22:26:38

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 12, 2015, at 21:23:30

>I would honestly rather die, or live my whole life in this hell than ever let my mind perceive that idea as good.

I understand... but you do recognise the ideas are in fact due to OCD. You haven't done anything wrong simply by having a thought - your mind is playing tricks on you. As a result, can you start allowing your mind to *tolerate* the ideas simply based on the fact that no one else is upset or affected by them except you?

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 12, 2015, at 22:51:24

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 12, 2015, at 22:26:38

Yea I think that process has already begun in some way naturally, by becoming reclusive recently I have been able to turn down the amount of triggers, and therefore gained more ability it seems to rationalize that the thoughts are indeed ocd. Hopefully in this state I can either find something to help even more and then slowly re enter society in a meaningful way or if nothing helps see how slowly re entering society goes in a controlled manner(example being eventually taking a class at a school, gradually going back in public more and more, maybe watch tv or look at people in the face again gradually more and more)

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 13, 2015, at 10:28:07

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 12, 2015, at 22:51:24

> Yea I think that process has already begun in some way naturally, by becoming reclusive recently I have been able to turn down the amount of triggers, and therefore gained more ability it seems to rationalize that the thoughts are indeed ocd.

That's a good start. Now you've read about the biology of OCD, I think you should spend as much time reading about its psychology. That could give you a lot of ideas.

Considering that your doc was uncomfortable with pregabalin (Lyrica), would he consider a different antiepileptic such as oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)?

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 13, 2015, at 13:54:12

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 13, 2015, at 10:28:07

It's a possibility, at the moment he last said possibly lamictal, and my origional one said wellbutrin. So that is a thought. There's also amantadine, not sure about that though. I think he more wanted to wait and see about thdgenetic tests.

 

Re: What is OCD? Bill82

Posted by phidippus on February 13, 2015, at 14:56:35

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 12, 2015, at 21:23:30

I don't think you understand. Good in a sarcastic way. If you have a thought and your response to the thought is, "That's a good idea, I'll rape and kill my mother after I'm done watching The Blacklist." You are sarcastically dismissing the thought and delaying gratification.

>I would honestly rather die, or live my hole life in this hell than ever let my mind perceive that idea as good.

You are fightingg tooth and nail against 'perceiving that idea is good' when in all reality you are never going to really feel like its ok to act out any of your worst thoughts. All your worst thoughts are junk-they aren't real and born of your imagination. The problem is you want to stay anxious about the thoughts because you feel if you aren't anxious about the thoughts you will actually succumb to them which is just not true.

>Could also be why the types of ocd least responsive is the sexual, violent, religious subtype

Then how was I able to overcome the same type of OCD?

You're afraid of the thoughts and you're afraid of the anxiety your thoughts generate. And the funny thing is your thoughts aren't real.

Eric

 

Re: What is OCD? Bill82

Posted by phidippus on February 13, 2015, at 15:00:52

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 13, 2015, at 13:54:12

Weellbutrin?! Doc has no idea what they're doing. Wellbutrin is more likely to worsen anxiety.

Eric

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 13, 2015, at 16:20:08

In reply to Re: What is OCD? Bill82, posted by phidippus on February 13, 2015, at 14:56:35

>You are fighting tooth and nail against 'perceiving that idea is good' when in all reality you are never going to really feel like its ok to act out any of your worst thoughts. All your worst thoughts are junk-they aren't real and born of your imagination. The problem is you want to stay anxious about the thoughts because you feel if you aren't anxious about the thoughts you will actually succumb to them which is just not true.

Very well said, IMO. That's a great summary.

The thoughts are just thoughts, they are not reality, and there is no way Bill is going to act out on them. People who actually do act out on bad thoughts do not spend hours having OCD about them!

Once Bill is not anxious about the thoughts, he won't act out on them... they will just eventually go away.

I don't think Wellbutrin would help OCD. I know the doctor mentioned Lamictal, which seemed to produce some emotional numbing before. Although not highly evidence based, I was wondering whether a different AED such as Trileptal might help. I know Bill's doc didn't want to use Lyrica.

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 13, 2015, at 16:22:35

In reply to Re: What is OCD? Bill82, posted by phidippus on February 13, 2015, at 15:00:52

Haha yea that's what I've thought, this is the same doctor who said the car thing, I don't think she even knows what ocd is, I am just trying to be respectful, not sure if I would take it if she offered, but then again don't have much to lose haha. And yea I already do perceive them in sarcastic way at times, it's just with these it at times seems I actually like it which scares me ect ect. I don't know maybe in stubborn, but I get what you are saying. I had ocd onset very suddenly, before I had it I used to have intrusive thoughts all the time. Usually when I was anxious they would get worse but i would just chuckle. For example if be on a date and imagine if I just shouted something embaressing, it would just make me chuckle inside and is forget about it. When the ocd onset I was paralyzed with anxiety, and it almost seemed to stick with me in a ptsd like way, so that now after months of obsessivng my mind has changed and I guess "I don't joke around" with my thoughts. I know they are not real, but maybe it seems at some level I lack insight? Or maybe I'm just stubborn, not sure but that's the best way I could describe it. Also eric what are your thoughts on amantadine, as it has shown effect in ocd but and in a rat model was superior to memantine, being more active in the striatum, but it is also positively affects dopamine transmission(not exactly sure how, I think it encourages more to be released and may be an agonist not sure). I think memantine is also a d2agonist but that it's affinity is negligible.

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 13, 2015, at 16:26:19

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 13, 2015, at 16:20:08

Have not heard of trileptal before it seems interesting. I see there's one rat model that shows effectivness. Consumer reports of people on an epilepsy bored who had ocd and couldn't take ssri due to lowered seizure threshold said it didn't seem to alter the ocd all that much, but that dosnt mean it couldn't help me. I'll have to run it by him, the AED are very interesting in how different they all are from one another and how many there are, increases the chance they could help. Thanks for the responses guys

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 13, 2015, at 16:39:48

In reply to Re: What is OCD? Bill82, posted by phidippus on February 13, 2015, at 15:00:52

I have 2 p docs at the moment, thought if clarify that. One is a ho hum basic one covered by insurance, the other is a specialist in ocd.

 

Re: What is OCD? ed_uk2010

Posted by phidippus on February 14, 2015, at 0:51:29

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 13, 2015, at 16:20:08

>Although not highly evidence based, I was wondering whether a different AED such as Trileptal might help. I know Bill's doc didn't want to use Lyrica.

To augment treatment of OCD with an SSRI it is recommended that a anti-glutamatergic agent be added. Some of these agents include Keppra, Riluzole, Zonegran, Lamictal, Lyrica, Neurontin and Topomax. Trileptal would not be suitable because it is not anti-glutamatergic.

Eric

 

Re: What is OCD? Bill82

Posted by phidippus on February 14, 2015, at 1:07:32

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 13, 2015, at 16:22:35

>it's just with these it at times seems I actually like it which scares me ect ect.

It is not uncommon for patients with OCD suffering pedophilic obsessions sometimes get sensations in their privates which they will mistake for real arousal.

The thought that you 'actually like' the thoughts is part of the OCD. The challenge is to confront those thoughts, agree with them and disregard them as more nonsense. Again you're being scared of being scared of something that's not real.

>my mind has changed and I guess "I don't joke around" with my thoughts.

I implore you to change that policy because humor goes a long way to diffusing fear and anxiety.

>I know they are not real, but maybe it seems at some level I lack insight?

I don't think you lack insight, I just think very wrapped up in feeling afraid.

>What are your thoughts on amantadine?

I've seen one case study which was positive.

I have used it myself and perceived no effect.

Eric

 

Re: What is OCD? phidippus

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 14, 2015, at 9:49:31

In reply to Re: What is OCD? ed_uk2010, posted by phidippus on February 14, 2015, at 0:51:29

>Some of these agents include Keppra, Riluzole, Zonegran, Lamictal, Lyrica, Neurontin and Topomax. Trileptal would not be suitable because it is not anti-glutamatergic.

According to the studies on PubMed, it seems that all the AEDs which act as Na+ channel blockers, including oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), inhibit the release of glutamate. Carbamazepine (Tegretol), oxcarbazepine, lamotrigine (Lamictal) and phenytoin are among the most potent and widely used Na+ channel blockers, but several other AEDs have this property too. To what extent inhibiting glutamate release is useful in OCD is not well understood, it seems.

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 14, 2015, at 12:00:40

In reply to Re: What is OCD? phidippus, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 14, 2015, at 9:49:31

What opinions do you guys have on glyx13. Two things it's being tested for atm in phase 3 is ocd and depression. Lady who is doing ocd study is a little over zealous about ketamine working in ocd in my opinion though, but then again she could be right.

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 14, 2015, at 18:11:49

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 14, 2015, at 12:00:40

> What opinions do you guys have on glyx13. Two things it's being tested for atm in phase 3 is ocd and depression.

I think it's fascinating. It looks very promising for depression. I must admit I have little idea with respect to its anti-OCD potential.

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by phidippus on February 16, 2015, at 1:31:13

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 14, 2015, at 12:00:40

There's a lot more data on depression and ketamine than there is for ketamine and ocd.

Eric

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 17, 2015, at 14:15:14

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by phidippus on February 16, 2015, at 1:31:13

Little off topic I guess? But anyways I just learned about PKa and PKc and their involvement in OCD. The article below describes how PKc effects 5ht uptake in ocd vs controls, with evidence supporting 5ht uptake is depressed in ocd, and the PKc agonist in both groups depressed uptake further, although more significantly in OCD subjects. Also other studies have shown PKc to be hyperactive in ocd and PKa to be hypo active. Reading up in the two and their effects in the brain it shows that their effects are primarily on the 5ht system primarily being 5ht2a. Perhaps level of cellular function in a more accurate targeting method could be the future if OCD? Just thought id share because it gave me some hope today, just got an ivig infusion and ocd is aweful/seemingly more real and that I don't care. Anyways let me know if you have any thoughts.

 

Biology, psychology and OCD Bill82

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 17, 2015, at 18:44:02

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 17, 2015, at 14:15:14

Hey, do you have a link to the study you're discussing?

 

Re: Biology, psychology and OCD

Posted by Bill82 on February 17, 2015, at 19:17:59

In reply to Biology, psychology and OCD Bill82, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 17, 2015, at 18:44:02

Sorry my memory is trash recently. Here are three studies relating to the basic statement I made.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12183213/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/10828725/


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16951654/

 

Re: Neurobiology of OCD - speculation Bill82

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 17, 2015, at 20:54:47

In reply to Re: Biology, psychology and OCD, posted by Bill82 on February 17, 2015, at 19:17:59

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the link.

I wondering whether the changes in activity of PKC occur in response to changes in synaptic serotonin levels.

I read several things about this:

A. Serotonin reuptake transporters are apparently fewer in number in pts with OCD. This could be the brain's attempt to compensate for a serotonin deficit.

B. Activation of of the enzyme PKC results in a decrease in serotonin reuptake. This may occur due to the serotonin transporters being internalised ie. removed from the neuronal cell membrane.

C. Activation of PKC in untreated OCD may be part of the compensatory mechanism described above. It may occur in response to a serotonin deficit, and could compensate partially for this deficit by reducing the number of active serotonin transporters.

D. Chronic treatments with SSRIs seems to reduce the expression of PKC in OCD. If PKC reduces the number of membrane serotonin transporters, you can see why the activity of PKC might be suppressed by SSRIs. It could be a further compensatory mechanism in order to avoid excessive inhibition of serotonin reuptake.

E. Strangely enough, the opposite, increased SERT availability, has been reports in the brains of untreated OCD pts by other researchers. The areas of the brain involved may have been different.

F. The problem with this type of speculation is that no one, including the scientists involed, appear to understand the immense complexity of neurological function very well!

G. I suppose we can say with some certainty that serotonin neurotransmission is closely linked to OCD symptoms, in some way. Whether this is primary, or secondary to some other abnormality is unknown.

 

Re: Neurobiology of OCD - speculation

Posted by Bill82 on February 18, 2015, at 0:11:18

In reply to Re: Neurobiology of OCD - speculation Bill82, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 17, 2015, at 20:54:47

Goof points, I just brought this up because as far as I'm aware genetics don't show abnormal sert genes in ocd, so it is an interesting idea of what may be linked to messed up seritonin transmission. Most people also assume it's a problem with neurotransmitters, but this was neat in that it was much different. But I agree the complexity is insane and therapeutically this offers no value as the agents are not medically approved and way to unselective for theraputic use. Also I've been wondering if you guys had any input on life with ocd. At the moment my life is destroyed, and I can't do much except sit or sleep and even then I am under constant stress/pain. If you have had ocd that went away what is it like? And am I right to be slightly saddened I will most likely miss out on my youth?

 

Re: What is OCD? Bill82

Posted by phidippus on February 18, 2015, at 17:24:07

In reply to Re: What is OCD?, posted by Bill82 on February 17, 2015, at 14:15:14

Though it suggests potential new therapeutic targets in OCD, I still have a feeling any drug therapies derived from the findings would be augmentations.

Have you ever tried Keppra?

Eric

 

Re: Neurobiology of OCD - speculation Bill82

Posted by phidippus on February 18, 2015, at 17:35:07

In reply to Re: Neurobiology of OCD - speculation, posted by Bill82 on February 18, 2015, at 0:11:18

>At the moment my life is destroyed, and I can't do much except sit or sleep and even then I am under constant stress/pain.

You're the first person I've met impaired by their imagination.

>If you have had ocd that went away what is it like?

I used to think about killing myself day in and day out. I started taking fluvoxomine and one day the thoughts just stopped.

>am I right to be slightly saddened I will most likely miss out on my youth?

If you stay in the house your youth will be a sad one, indeed.

Eric

 

Re: Neurobiology of OCD - speculation

Posted by Bill82 on February 18, 2015, at 18:36:49

In reply to Re: Neurobiology of OCD - speculation Bill82, posted by phidippus on February 18, 2015, at 17:35:07

If you don't mind me asking,
How is you sexual functioning on fluvoxamine?

How is your mental functioning in terms of cognition memory and general reasoning on fluvoxamine?

How is your general energy/weight gain on it?

What dose and what other meds were you on when it started to work?

 

Re: What is OCD?

Posted by Bill82 on February 18, 2015, at 23:34:31

In reply to Re: What is OCD? Bill82, posted by phidippus on February 18, 2015, at 17:24:07

No have not heard much about it except for keppra rage, but pretty sure that's just an exaggeration.


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