My "compulsion" is having remnants of what used to be my "perfectionism". Now I only try to be neat, orderly, and organized in a general sense. My "obsessions" are based on a having flight of ideas on what I should be doing with my time, e.g., doing household chores, browsing on the computer, following the news by radio, TV, and Internet, budgeting, adding physical conveniences to improve our living conditions, and making lists (near-term and long-term) of what I think I should be doing. This results in an obsession to finish a task no matter the time of day. Therefore, I get liittle sleep and my daily "schedule" is generally almost 180 deg from normal, i.e., work at night and sleep (nap/doze) during the day. This behavior seems to have been enhaced since I started taking only 0.25 mcg/day of synthroid about six months ago for a slighly hypoactive thyroid, as determined by a routine blood test. So I'm wondering, can there be a relationship between the OC behavior and the synthroid?
In short, yes there can be and is a link between the two! The thyroid is one of the body's metabolism-regulating hormones/chemicals. So, if it is slow or low, then "perfectionism" tends to be more in check. At least, that has been my experience, and I take two thyroid meds. When my body cycles into one of its "up" moods (I'm also Bipolar I, ADHD, mixed thyroid & perfectionsistic!), I am definitely more "list prone" & compulsive about getting 5 things done on the way to doing 2 other things! I often lose track of what I was doing and where I was going, or where I put something! I can also get turned around in my body's biological clock.
I work with my Psychiatrist on this very thing. I am always trying to be a better person, at developing better habits, being more organized and efficient. The only suggestion I have in that regard, is to perhaps replace the word "should" with "want" or "need" to be doing. For some reason, as a counselor myself, I have seen people do real guilt/shame trips on themselves by thinking they "should" be doing certain things or acting certain ways. When I replace that word with what I "want" or "need" to be doing, for me, for the family, etc., I feel better about those items or tasks because I want to be doing them. And, I feel better when they are done. Also, I don't have any resentments about doing them or toward the people I may be doing things for (husband, kids, etc.). It has helped me with anger. For people like us, it is very important to have a schedule & stick to it. Just try to be a bit more realistic about what you can/can't get done in a day! Sometimes, things just take longer & "Rome wasn't built in a day"! I suggest keeping yourself to that schedule, even when/if you have to force yourself to stop at night, relax, & make yourself go to bed at a reasonable time. I had this problem, and it was reinforced that most of the world functions during the day, and I try to do that myself! Good luck!
One more thing... be sure to have both T3 & T4 tested. Drs. often do just the one.
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