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586d

does medicine actually stop intrusive thoughts or does it just help control the reaction to them. I am on zoloft and still have intrusive thoughts, I don't get as anxious but I do still feel the urge to do something, anything to make them stop.

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    • ZappyRacc

      586d

      Cannabis was the true lifesaver for me with my OCD. I once felt guilty for months because my magical thinking connected dots between me not going to karaoke and David Bowie dying. I tried a plethora of psych meds. The worst ended catastrophically. The best could, at most, sedate me so heavily I couldn't lay awake at night thinking about how kids were dying in Africa because I didn't put a coin in the little UNICEF donation box or whatever the current angst is. I still stepped over the same number of cracks with each foot, lest I somehow superstitiously kill my mom (my brain took the "step on a crack, break your mother's back" thing a bit too far,) and couldn't be near my nephews without intrusive thoughts about pushing them into traffic. But then I got high. Seriously, in the beginning, I would take a couple hits off a bowl, then I would go stare at my ceiling fan and my brain would gently dismantle the thought processes locking me into meaningless and anxiety-inducing cycles. Heck, I was able to wean myself off my psych meds and went a few years entirely managing my OCD as well as a couple chronic physical health issues with weed, at least till COVID threw a wrench into things. Too much made me anxious/paranoid at first. But slowly easing in, with indica and high CBD strains, I eventually found it to be a highly effective medicine for me, and I'd say even now it gave me an 80% remission of OCD symptoms. I can have an intrusive thought come in and then sorta laugh it off and it goes right away. Closest I ever got with psych pharms was having the intrusive thoughts and feeling numb to the pain they caused, but still obsessing over them for a little bit.

    • JoranTal

      586d

      Zoloft did nothing for my ocd. Prozac is what I’m on now and it helps. Honestly for me it makes the reactions a lot less which gave me the ability to work on coping skills and get through that aspect of healing. Sure it still spikes, but because I was calmer during that process of learning coping mechanisms it’s easier to remind myself of them and calm down now

    • diamond_D

      586d

      Yes! Abilify, in small doses practically cured me. I went from ativan 3x a day to maybe 3x a month

    • ZappyRacc

      586d

      Cannabis was the true lifesaver for me with my OCD. I once felt guilty for months because my magical thinking connected dots between me not going to karaoke and David Bowie dying. I tried a plethora of psych meds. The worst ended catastrophically. The best could, at most, sedate me so heavily I couldn't lay awake at night thinking about how kids were dying in Africa because I didn't put a coin in the little UNICEF donation box or whatever the current angst is. I still stepped over the same number of cracks with each foot, lest I somehow superstitiously kill my mom (my brain took the "step on a crack, break your mother's back" thing a bit too far,) and couldn't be near my nephews without intrusive thoughts about pushing them into traffic. But then I got high. Seriously, in the beginning, I would take a couple hits off a bowl, then I would go stare at my ceiling fan and my brain would gently dismantle the thought processes locking me into meaningless and anxiety-inducing cycles. Heck, I was able to wean myself off my psych meds and went a few years entirely managing my OCD as well as a couple chronic physical health issues with weed, at least till COVID threw a wrench into things. Too much made me anxious/paranoid at first. But slowly easing in, with indica and high CBD strains, I eventually found it to be a highly effective medicine for me, and I'd say even now it gave me an 80% remission of OCD symptoms. I can have an intrusive thought come in and then sorta laugh it off and it goes right away. Closest I ever got with psych pharms was having the intrusive thoughts and feeling numb to the pain they caused, but still obsessing over them for a little bit.

    • Otterpop

      586d

      zoloft didn't do much for me personally, but my OCD isn't as present as my other disorders. i would ask your doctor/psychiatrist about what medications help more with intrusive thoughts.

    • Scnagle84

      586d

      Zoloft didn't help my OCD. I'm on buspar now and feel it makes more of a difference

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