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Regardless of whether I'm medicated or unmedicated - my OCD seems to be somewhat cyclical. What I mean is, I usually have a few good days (very little obsessing) followed by a day or two of bad days (much obsessing/anxiety/panic/depression/etc). This pattern repeats over and over. The only thing SSRIs seem to do is make the bad days not so bad, and maybe a little fewer and farther between.

It's just really frustrating, because while I appreciate the benefits medication and CBT provide - I still can't seem to "break the cycle", so to speak.

Does anyone notice something like this with their OCD?

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Mine also. Does it depends on your mood, how anxious you are, etc ?

My rituals seemed to almost completely disappear soon after taking Zyprexa. I had these strong beliefs that if I didn't touch something however many times, so&so would die. After starting the Zyprexa, those beliefs soon changed and somehow the rituals ended up decreasing greatly. There are still things, but they're definitely not as upsetting/frustrating

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Mine also. Does it depends on your mood, how anxious you are, etc ?

Hmm - I have seen quite a few people mention that they obsess more when their mood is low/anxiety is high. For it seems my mood and anxiety level are determined by the extent to which I am obsessing. Sort of like a chicken or the egg thing I guess. I could be going along merrily, be quite happy, not very anxious - when out of the blue - HUGE SPIKE - lots of obsessing ensues -and mood suddenly plummets and anxiety skyrockets.

I don't know I guess it seems sort of backward compared to other OCD sufferers.

It seems quite a few people are helped more by AAPs though, so that's something I should keep in mind.

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FWIW, a lot of people who are both bipolar and OCD find that their OCD changes with their bipolar. You might want to keep that in mind if bipolar is ever a consideration.

Well, bipolar has been a consideration - but I never quite fit under that label.

I wonder though, if a mood stabilizer might cut out the cyclical nature of OCD "flares" - even in the absence of major mood symptoms.

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