Something that you want very much but is very hard to get or achieve.
An object or goal that is sought after for its great significance.
Still think I’m talking about the Holy Grail?
Well…I’m not talking about thee Holy Grail–the Cup that is said to have been used by Jesus Christ. I’m talking about a different holy grail. It seems to be highly sought after by many who have OCD.
I’m talking about the holy grail of medication for OCD sufferers.
“Has anyone else taken this medication for OCD and has it helped?”
I’m asked this question a lot about medication. At OCD conferences people line-up to ask the experts questions about medication. I can predict the answers will sound a lot like this:
- Be patient. It takes time to reach a therapeutic level.
- The needed dosage for SSRI’s is higher for OCD than it is for depression.
- No one drug stands out as the front runner.
- It’s chemical warfare. Be willing to try this. Try that. Watch for side effects.
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Use a combination of CBT and meds.
The holy grail of medication…Something you want very much but is hard to get or achieve. An object that is sought after for its great significance.
Therein lies the problem. Its significance is not that great. It’s part of the solution. Not the main solution. I’m not making this up. It’s in the literature. Authors, speakers, and researchers say it all the time.
Despite all the many warnings to not become preoccupied with medication, it happens. As evidenced in Facebook posts and the long line of people at the mic at the OCD conference waiting to ask the experts a medication question.
Has anyone else taken this medication for OCD and has it helped?
Yes, other people have taken that medication. Has it helped? Sometimes.
Even if the answer is: Most of the time ~or~ a lot of the time, the answer will NOT be all of the time. Even if the answer was, “9 out of 10 times that medication helps,” there still will be room for doubt. Even if I say every single client I know who has taken this drug has been helped, it might not help you.
There’s no way to feel comfortable with a medication until you take it and see what happens.
If you have been prescribed medication for the first time, it’s reasonable to have doubts and even worry. In a room of 100 people, how many of them would be concerned about taking a medication they’ve never taken before? Probably the majority, especially since we’ve been influenced by the commercials suing drug companies.
If you are suffering from OCD you’re desperate for relief. It’s understandable you’re looking for a medication to reduce your symptoms. And it’s very possible to find such a medication. It’s very possible to get relief.
Having hope that a pill can provide relief isn’t the problem.
The problem? Analyzing by comparing and contrasting people’s experiences, repeatedly seeking reassurance from googling or talking with numerous pharmacists. Questioning for hours and days, “should I take it?” Thinking about all the “what ifs” over and over. Searching for something new and looking for hours to find someone with the same symptoms and finding out what they take.
Get off the fence as soon as possible. If it takes you two hours to take the first pill, then it could take months to get up to a therapeutic dose. Commit. Don’t waste time and energy deciding. Stay in close contact with the doctor who prescribed it and in the meantime here’s where you’ll find the holy grail of beating OCD:
Channel all that beautiful energy on self-care and therapy.
- Work on flipping your mindset from negative to positive. Write 10 positives day if positivity is hard for you.
- Look for your blessings. Seek and ye shall find. They’re there!
- Ask “What does my anxiety make possible for me?” If you’re not sure what this means, go HERE.
- Help make your own serotonin by being just as kind and loving to yourself as you are to your best friend. (Until you practice self-compassion, OCD will have a hold on you, even with the perfect medication.)
- Remember what you’re fighting for! Super pose like a superhero if your brain needs a little extra jolt! KAPOW!
- Help make your own dopamine by developing one new healthy habit, solving puzzles, learning something new or doing something adventurous.
- Help make your own oxytocin by hugging friends and family, your pets and even trees!
- Eat well…lots of berries and green vegetables.
And when you’re ready to face your fears, start Exposure & Response Prevention. Maybe you won’t feel ready, but your mind will begin to tell you it’s time.
A life of avoidance is a life not lived.
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