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October 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm #3178MikeMember
I am a 53 year old male who has suffered from this type of OCD since the age of 14 (grade 9 high school). I have been a very hard worker and productive person until approximately 10 years ago, at which time I had taken off work due to a catch 22 situation (hiding my OCD). Although I have lost many great opportunities since OCD started I seemed to be able to handle it.
I have seen many doctors throughout the last 30 or so year who supposedly had experience with OCD but it never helped. I have tried a vast number of SSRI and other medications, however was unable to tolerate many of them.
The topic I have submitted is based on germs and cross contamination. Just to explain briefly, I cannot touch anything that I view as dirty (a special kind of dirt). I have no problem or anxiety putting my hands in real dirt, mud, dust etc., however if I perceive something that a dirty person or animal etc. has touched or thought they may have touched I become paralyzed. My anxiety goes through the roof, until I can get home and shower, wash all clothing or anything that was directly associated or cross contaminated by the situation. I need to clean my car, steering wheel, keys, shoes, wallet, belt etc..
I just wanted to share a bit of my experience with OCD as I am tired of it chipping aware at my life. I have lost so much (ex; possible professional baseball career, great jobs, relationships, money etc., all because of OCD).
Can anyone understand??? There is so much more to my story, but I am becoming exhausted writing about it.
Thanks for reading.November 6, 2012 at 6:52 am #3262Dr. Michael JenikeMember
you really need cognitive behavior therapy. you can go to http://www.ocfoundation.org and put in your location and see who is around. you can email me directly and perhaps i know someone good near you. this type of symptom usually responds very well to CBT if you do what the therapist asks you to do. it would involve gradual exposure to feared substances and then avoiding rituals. you would start with easy things and work your way up a hierarchy. if you need a structured place to do this, there are some residential OCD facilities that could help (McLean Hospital, Rogers Hospital, Houston OCD unit) as well as many intensive outpatient programs. these are all listed on the above web site. all best wishes,
Michael Jenike, MDApril 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm #3346MikeMember
Hello Dr. Jenike,
I am sorry for the late response however I had misplaced my connection and ability to respond. I have however accidentally come across my recent submission of (Oct 20, 2012). I noticed in your response you had mentioned to email you directly, however I do not have your direct email. Where do I find your direct email address?
Also, I have recently been to Toronto, Canada and spoke with Dr. Peggy Richter, who had supposably emailed you as a collegue on Jan 26, 2015 requesting information for experienced OCD professionals in the Windsor, Ont, Ca, area. She was unable to provide me with any substantial help. I would greatly appreciate any support and help that you could provide.
MikeApril 3, 2015 at 9:20 am #3347Barbara RosembergKeymaster
I will send you a private message with Dr. Jenike’s email address.
Please let me know if you do not receive it.
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