- Jun 19, 2009
i was prescribed 200 mg of zoloft with 150 mg of lamictal. have you tried upping your dose or trying a new med, or med combo?
paying for possible OCD meds the rest of my life?
Since my last posting, a study published three years ago showed that 56% of people who took N-acetylcystene (NAC), an amino acid, reported dramatic improvements. I've seen people take 25% of the dose studied (2400 mg) and report greatly decreased urges. Last weekend at Trichotillomania Conference in Chicago, some are speculating, based on several functional MRI studies, that CSP and Trich may be due to abnormalities in the brain's processing of glutamate, which is why NAC is so often helpful and SSRIs are not.
NAC is available at GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, etc. without a prescription. In this case, I respectfully disagree w. David. This is NOT OCD. In new DSM, it will be classified as OC Spectrum Dx, but NOT OCD.
For more info on NAC, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), trained providers, a free info pack, and more, go to trich.org. These are increasingly treatable conditions.
I've been picking the same scab on my head since 1998. I rip it off about 100 times a day. Not kidding. I notice that I rip it off or pick at it at every single red light. I'm glad I found this website, and that I'm not alone. I've never noticed anyone else doing this. I've read some of your stories and comments. I really think I love the very small amount of pain it causes. OTC counter treatments does not work for me. I've even shaved my head and put a band aid on the one single spot. Should I go see a doctor? Is this worth paying to tell a doctor and paying for possible OCD meds the rest of my life? I really would like to get some feedback please.
OTC medications are NEVER going to work for OCD or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
Definitely go to your doctor. Ask for advice on medications and/or a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist specializing in OCD.