Diabetics with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Diabetics with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

People with diabetes who also have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Comment by Linda G on November 16, 2013 at 2:08pm

Greetings to anyone still visiting this group!! My ocd is not severe....it was more of a focus when I was a child...needing to repeat tasks, recount things etc. As I've gotten older, I force myself to "not go there"...though I'm not always successful.
I'm rather a perfectionist as well...which in my field is good (to a certain extent). I teach.

Comment by Anna on August 29, 2012 at 7:35am
Hello both. I have very severe OCD, but it's not the typical handwashing version people think of when they hear OCD. Basically, I obsess over my diabetes. To me, my diabetes and my blood sugars are the most important things in my life, and everything revolves around them. My blood sugars, what they are, and where they're going is always at the back (and usually the forefront) of my mind.

I've gone to a lot of shrinks about this, but I moves recently and haven't been able to find a replacement. Doctors who specialize in OCD tell me I should see a health psychologist, and health psychologists tell me I should see a doctor that specializes in OCD. Seriously, I've seen every therapist my insurance covers within 40 miles, and most of them refuse to continue seeing me, because of how dangerous my diabetes is, and they're afraid I'll die and they'll get sued.

Whew. I didn't intend to leave such a long comment - I don't know if anyone even uses this group anymore, but i thought there might be someone else on here who constantly obsesses abiut their diabetes. Or, even if you obsess about something else, I thought diabetics with OCD would understand my situation better than non-diabetics with OCD.

Thanks for letting me ramble.
Comment by Peetie on April 22, 2012 at 5:04am

Hi Alizachana,
Hope you are doing well. I don't get on here very often. Recently, I have been going through the stage where I'm not following my routines and habits. I work, test sugars, eat, go to the gym and sleep. While I feel I need to perform the rituals, I have been unable to do them. This should make me feel better and yet it has led to extreme anxiety. This is familiar to me. Does it happen to you?
I am not familiar with EmWave. Thanks so much for telling me about it. Cheers! Joanne

Comment by alizachana on April 11, 2012 at 4:02pm

Peetie, Hang in there. As I've learned, these bad episodes will pass, but I'm happy that you've found TuD for your T2, and now we can be OCD and anxiety buddies as well!
Have you ever tried the home biofeedback things like EmWave? It is so helpful for me because I can see my heart wave, the various color zones tell me where I am, and then I know that I need to work to get my OCD down and anxiety down, and with some deep breathing, alone time, and work with practice of cognitive techniques, I can usually get to the right zone. It really spells things out visually for me.

Comment by Peetie on February 18, 2012 at 9:54am

Hi Aliza. I too have OCD and I have been experiencing a pretty bad episode since the Fall. I've taken meds for the anxiety, depression and OCD in the past but I'm trying to manage without it right now. I'm T2 and I've only had D for 9 years... I've had OCD most of my life. Over time I've learned to identify the triggers and I have learned how to manage it somewhat. I do notice that my A1C goes up with the OCD and anxiety.

Comment by alizachana on December 23, 2011 at 7:48am

Welcome to all members! I created this group for PWD who also have OCD because I've had diabetes for 10+ years now and I've had OCD officially diagnosed for about the same amount of time, but symptoms and whatnot for as long as I can remember. I have fairly severe OCD and am on medication and in therapy, and know that I will need both for probably the rest of my life, just like I will need insulin to control my t1.

I want to see if others have had any of the same issues with bg levels that I've experienced when having added anxiety from an OCD flare... my bg levels soar through the roof when my OCD is out of control, and too much medication to stop an OCD "attack" can bottom me out. Has anyone else experienced this with OCD/anxiety flares and benzos bottoming you out? I take both ativan and klonipan.

 

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