... isn't new to me. First symptoms came out in college 30 years ago, but it wasn't until 2010 that I had a name for it from a psychiatrist. I wondered why I hadn't had disabling, frightening OCD symptoms since college and she said that it was probably because of the Prozac I'd been on for 15 years (minus time off for pregnancies). Well, I am finally now learning that antidepressants/SSRIs can treat OCD. I'm still struggling with the diagnosis, though. My therapist isn't hung up on diagnoses and names. She says that what is important is how you deal with the anxiety, not what its name is. I think my new np agrees with that, but insurance companies need diagnoses. How do I get beyond a name? BTW, I am currently on Lexapro and Mirtazapine and Ativan on occasion. If anyone has some words of hope and perspective for me, please let me know. Thanks so much!
Hi! I haven't experienced OCD, but I am bipolar. SSRI antidepressants are very effective! Please don't let your recurring OCD get you down! With the right medications and with time, you will be back to your old self! My youngest sister was on Lexapro and it did well for her. Her dr. has changed her medication several times to get the right SSRI and dosage correct. I do agree with you that you probably need a diagnosis for your insurance company to pay for your treatment. I would have a serious discussion with your dr. explaining why you need a specific diagnosis so that your insurance company will validate and pay for your treatment. All antidepressants raises the serotonin levels in the brain. When serotonin levels are low, mental and emotional issues arises, such as anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar and depression arises. I was having some anxiety attacks several months ago. I researched online and found that taking magnesium tablets can help with anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Women can take about 250 mg. You should cut the tablet into and take half in the morning and half at night. It made me feel so much better! It will also help you to relax and sleep! I read that about 80% of people are deficient in this mineral. Its actually just as important as calcium. Most magnesium supplements are magnesium oxide. The oxide type isnt easily absorb as the magnesium citrate. But, you will feel a difference with either form. If you are feeling very anxious, I would definitely give this a try. Don't give up! You will definitely feel better, soon.
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