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Hi everyone, I've been struggling with OCD for the better part of about two years, and something that's made its treatment a lot more complicated is the fact that I have Bipolar I.
I know that the first line treatment for OCD includes SSRIs and antidepressants, but I can't take any of those because there's a very high risk of mania. I'm also not a big fan of the idea of "augmenting" with SSRIs with a mood stabilizer, as my psychiatrist compares it to playing with fire.
Medications that I have looked into include Seroquel (makes me into a zombie), Buspar (apparently doesn't work; makes me drowsy), Memantine (trying now, mixed results), Inositol (apparently it can cause mania so I never tried it), and more.
Lately I've been looking into things like Lyrica, gabapentin, and riluzole, but I'm starting to get desperate because there's not a lot of stuff out there that's both A) effective for OCD and B) safe for bipolar people to take.
What do you all think? Do you guys know of any bipolar-friendly medications I could add to the list of stuff I'm looking into?
96.4% sure something about ocd. Noticed something was significantly off close to a year ago. Done alot of research, and I know self diagnosis is mostly frowned upon.
Basically like this; step here, don't step there, walk around that pole, step on this exact crack with this EXACT part of your exact foot. Can sometimes be ignored, sometimes not and if you do something wrong, gotta do something like: walk back to that tree you walked around wrong the first time, and do it again, or something like: hop on one foot a few times, put that rock in your pocket, don't touch it, throw it, step around it, walk in circles around it, put it in your fucking pocket!
Guess I just want opinions.
Has been more frequent, but not as obvious. .. ..
I need help with something I'm struggling to understand. I used to be friends with this kid who I'm going to refer to as X and had to get a restraining order against him about a year and a half ago because he was homicidal and describing very graphic things he wanted to do to people and he said he was afraid he would accidentally hurt me. I talked to him for the first time since the restraining order. It was through our school that we talked (because the school has been involved in this since the beginning) and X told me that he has since been diagnosed with Intrusive Thought OCD and I don't believe that his OCD is how he got homicidal thoughts. When I first got the restraining order I looked up all kinds of stuff about homicidal ideation and things and came across Harm OCD. All of the sites that I looked at explained that in Harm OCD, people have these thoughts and can't control and rarely ever actually want to do these things or act on them. They tend to express a lot of fear around these thoughts too. The only time X expressed fear was when he said he was afraid he might accidentally hurt/kill me. All the others times he would describe to me in graphic detail what he wanted to do to people and he was super nonchalant about it. He even laughed about it. X also told me that he always just says what he needs to say to get by, so when he doesn't want to be in a situation he makes stuff up or goes with what he thinks is the best answer, regardless of what he's actually feeling. He also likes to play the victim in things. I'm confused and need help understanding this. Please help. I'm scared at school because I don't know if he's going to hurt me or someone else. Thank you.