For as long as I can remember I have always had some form or other of OCD. Whether it was rituals before a big game as I was always a competitive athlete or touching, counting etc. That being said, all of those issues never really interfered with my life or cause me much distress. More recently I have as odd as it may sound been having issues with seeing my nose (no it is not big :) ) when reading or trying to converse with someone and it is driving me "nuts" I realize that the more I attempt to rid myself of this peculiar obsession the more I give it life or validity. I recently took the plunge and spoke to my family physician and was prescribed Cipralex. Just completed first week at 5mg and started 10 today. I guess I have 2 questions.. How long before noticing any benefit from the med? Does anyone here have any feedback or advice on my particular situation? Thank you all so much in advance!
Hi Marco. Hope I'm not too late in responding. I'm going through a similar issue, however my obsession is with blinking ;) I know, right! STUPID. But that's just it. We know it's irrational... so let that be of consolation if anything. You're not crazy, you're just hyper aware of a certain body part- I get the nose thing sometimes when I'm reading.. I know what you mean! I started therapy a few weeks ago and am going to begin doing body scans... scanning my body and letting myself feel every single body part - pay attention to your other body parts.. take some focus off of your nose. Also, try to accept that it's there.. it's not leaving.. and there is nothing to be afraid of. It is just the anxiety making it feel SOOOO much worse than it actually is. I'm trying to do the same with my eye blinking / breathing. Just notice that you're aware of it and accept that. It doesn't mean you're crazy... just very aware. I understand that this is still bothersome - my doc gave me pills but I have not started them yet- please update me and let me know how you're doing with all of this. Best !!!
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