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My OCD tells me that I'm going to die?
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:35:23 PM »
I hope this doesn't sound absolutely mental, but I'm becoming very worried that I've developed schizophrenia or something, as becoming crazy is one of my biggest feats, despite the fact that my therapist did a full mental screening and I only have OCD and GAD, and not even a hint of a crazy mindset.

Anyways, I'm in high school (a time I should most likely be out enjoying as it's my first year), and I've had "pure obsessional" OCD, emetephobia, and GAD since elementary school. Over Christmas break, I was forced to try Zoloft (20mg of the liquid) because I was missing a lot of school due to my anxiety, and it sent me into a complete constantly anxious state. I lost 15 pounds, I had no appetite for the entire Christmas break (about 2 weeks), and I constantly felt a weird buzzing, "crazy", indescribable feeling in my head. Of course, since one of the medicine's side effects is an increased rate of 0119 in teens, I absolutely freaked out and I was in a constant panic, mentally checking whether I was suicidal over and over again. I didn't see any of my friends over break, and I spent each day ruminating- which made me temporarily depressed. Due to the fact that my OCD was brought back by the possible .0001% chance of the medicine making me lose control (after it had been gone since last winter- every winter since 6th grade I've gotten intrusive thoughts about 0119- I DO NOT want to die, it's anxiety about losing control and committing 0119) I've been quite the anxious mess lately.

To get to the point, I would say I'm having a really hard time letting go of the experience I had on the medicine, as I actually felt crazy and depressed and it was absolutely terrifying, I cried every day and into the night (where I barely slept), and begged to be taken off the medicine, and I finally got off of it after about four weeks, as my parents noticed how much of an absolute mess I was. I felt as if I was living in a dreamlike state, and I felt like that up until last Sunday. It was absolutely terrifying, and I'm afraid I've developed some kind of extremely mild PTSD or dissociation disorder. Every day, I get intrusive thoughts that tell me things such as, "You won't live past today", "You'll never be able to go to school again", "You're bound to have a breakdown/go crazy any day now", "You're going to fail out of school and not go to college" (Even though I'm an high honor roll student- I didn't do as well last quarter due to the fact that I missed a lot of school because of my anxiety, and I found myself fairly unmotivated and lazy, which scared me a lot, as I'm scared that I'm going to fail my classes and stop doing work for some reason) and other thoughts that have to do with upcoming fate or breakdowns. These are not voices, yet I'm scared that they are voices and I'm scared that I've developed schizophrenia without my therapist or parents even noticing! I know that I do not want to die, and I'm super happy and ambitious without these thoughts, but they seriously put a negative outlook on my life, and they seem to prevent me from looking into the future. I'm also very scared that these thoughts may lead to something and when they get really severe I even beg my mom to take me to the hospital/therapist to avoid any harm-doing to myself (despite the fact that I hate hospitals, and I've never even been to one!)

I hope that by now I don't seem like a complete mental case, but I'd really like to know if this is just my OCD or if it's something else, such as schizophrenia or dissociative disorder? I don't have auditory or visual hallucinations or multiple personalities, the closest thing I may have ever gotten to "crazy" is most likely the "brain buzzing" chaotic feeling I got on the medicine, which I've also been getting once and a whole lately despite the fact that I've been off the medicine for about a month. Should I tell my therapist about these specific thoughts? I'm in CBT and he knows all the rest of my thoughts, but I haven't really told him about these exact thoughts.

Thanks so much to anyone who takes time to read! :)
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Re: My OCD tells me that I'm going to die?
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2014, 07:15:53 PM »
Definitely sounds like OCD to me. I've had OCD since I was a kid (in my early 30's now) and I am experiencing every thing you have written. I have intrusive thoughts that I am going to totally break down, and I won't be able to cope and commit *****, even though I don't want to die. I also feel like I am going crazy, worry if I am schizophrenic, etc. The funny thing is that you have all this recent anxiety/obsession from feelings you experienced while trying to start a med while mine is from trying to go off my med! I went on Paxil as a teen for anxiety/ocd and I've been trying to get off of it for several years. I get a lot of mental/physical sensations that cause me to freak out and obsess that I am going to go crazy or have a nervous breakdown. I actually think it's good that you stopped the zoloft. I wish I had never started Paxil in the first place, and instead tried CBT first. I think you should keep going to therapy and be open and honest with your therapist about your thoughts. Don't worry, they have heard it all! Something I once read that helps me is that truly schizophrenic people don't worry that they are going crazy, they think their thoughts are perfectly sane. So worrying that you are becoming schizophrenic is proof that you are not.
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Re: My OCD tells me that I'm going to die?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 01:31:31 PM »
One thing, and while i read the post title, you alredy know, its your OCD that tells you that :)
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