Re: Loss of Hope in Brain Damage OCD

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Posted by Joshua Jones on September 4, 2000:
In Reply to: Loss of Hope in Brain Damage OCD posted by Michael on August 29, 2000:
Suicide is not the answer.Listen up, I had kind of the same incident after I masterbated. It felt as if mt head was numb and tingleling and I almost felt like blacking out.I also had a very fast heart beat. I too have worries about brain damage. I have been able to put those worries into the back of my mind for right now. Yes I know that our OCD is constant and very powerful and gives me headaches almost everytime. But look at all the other people who have done hard drugs in the 60's to present. Alot are oK to this day (IF they have stopped) I believe the brain can take a beating. Try to focus on the OCD and getting rid of it. It also may be the medicine that gives you these feelings of dizziness and chest problemss. I know my medicine (Anafranil)gave me these feelings after Masterbation. Now that I have tried numerouse different medications I dont get those feelings anymore. Dont give up. You gotta see your pschaitrist and tell him\her about your feelings of suicide. This will let the psychaitrist know how serious this is. Possibly that psychaitrist can refer you to a place for a CT scan or
have some idea of how to get one without it being so expensive. I have found out that psychatrists are resourceful and know alot of people in the field.
Do you have a MEDICAL doctor or health plan? If so tell him/her to get you a CT scan and let that doctor know about the thoughts of suicide. I also failed many college classes. It's hard...I know. We all do here. If you need to talk leave a message. I check about everyother day.
Good luck. Im pretty sure your brain is OK...I worried like you are about my brain being damaged Too and I think Im fine now.
Good luck : )
-Joshua Jones

>>  My name is Michael. I am 21 years old was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder 5 years ago. Most of my obsessions are related to damage to my body, especially to my brain. I am still stuck in a worry about an incident
>>  that happened six months ago. There seems to be now way I can be sure whether any damage was caused or not.

>>  In the incident I felt very dizzy and had feelings of unreality for about half an hour after masturbation. Then I had an unusual pain in my chest and felt like I was dying. I am sorry for talking about personal issues like this.

>>  I am worried that the bad dizziness and feelings of unreality that I felt for half an hour are related to some kind of ischemic damage to the brain or damage from low blood sugar. I was on Zoloft at the time, could this have contributed to ischemia, if there was ischemia. I feel like on the paxil I am taking at the moment, because I feel there is just no solution to the problem.

>>  Is it possible that if, in parts of the brain, the blood flow was marginal or there was low blood sugar, that there could be small areas of damaged tissue which wouldn't be picked up by a scan but could still cause impairment?

>>  If it was global ischemia could some of the cells in the hippocampus area have died.

>>  I can't afford a CT scan at the moment, and feel there is now way that I can be sure whether there is any damage or not. I've also heard that if the damaged areas are small, they won't be picked up by a scan.

>>  I have been taking Paxil for the last two months. I have been on 40 mg for the last month and don't feel any better. My psychiatrist is supposed to be laying a foundation for CBT, but it is taking ages and I don't even know whether CBT will help. I am failing my course at college at the moment and am so far behind. I have just written an exam and failed it, leaving most of the questions out. There seems to be no way I can be sure whether any brain damage was caused or not. I can't go on living like this and suicide seems the only answer.

>>  Sincerely,
>>  Michael

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