1) I want to verify that you did indeed suffered greatly from OCD before and are now cured and hence is proven to have successful experience in curing Obsessions and Compulsions. Is there any way to do so?
Yes. If you pay the Psychiatrist consultation time (The 2nd Main Psychiatrist I saw) as well as 1 of my session (2hrs), we can go together to the Psychiatrist who saw me years ago and ask him to verify.
If his data files or medical records are still present, I may even allow him to tell you himself what data are recorded and show you that it tallies with the things I wrote about myself in this website.
Almost no Psychiatrist will risk their career for the sake of even $1000, especially not in tightly regulated and law suit Singapore.
And how to know if I am cured? Just observe me. I will look and behave just like the average person
I am a person who broke free from the clutches of a very severe obsession and various compulsions.
My OCD was that when I was with people, especially on a one to one basis or when one person is in closer proximity to me, a very strong and undefined feeling (mental or emotional feeling, not any physical feeling of any part of the body) and thought (till this day I can not find a suitable word or words to describe it. It is not classifiable into anger, worry, sadness, anxiety nor any more common feelings) will arise and my mind will be filled with it. It was very very intense and I just could not get rid of nor stop it.
2) I have Tourrettes Disorder. Is your method able to cure me?
It depends. If you have strong feelings(referring to mental or emotional feeling, not physical ones) and strong thoughts when your Tourrettes Disorder happens, we may give it a try.
If not, and your disorder is more like just a physical reflex action, it may be a more a neurological or genetic disorder
3) Who is more suitable for your therapy?
In my opinion, those who are more analytical or intelligent may have higher chance of being cured from my Therapy.
Also, those who have moderate or severe OCD and who hence a greater impetus and/or determination to cure their OCD.
4) Can we continue to do the compulsions while in your therapy?
Sure, if you want to. My therapy’s target is to show how the unconscious issue/problem is not part of you. Once you are convinced the unconscious issue/problem is not part of you, you will not even feel like doing the compulsion; you may even feel silly doing it.
5) Does your therapy require me to stop doing ERP or medication while doing our therapy?
Absolutely not. In fact, I will encourage you to continue to do it if they are serving you well.
My therapy has almost nothing to do with ERP. You may find that each of them serves their own purpose in treating you.
6) Is your therapy for Obsessions or Compulsions or both?
Both, either or. My therapy cured my Obsession, which in my opinion is multitudes harder to cure than Compulsions.
Imagine a song or tune which keeps playing in your mind non-stop. At least in the case of compulsions there are overt actions you are doing and it is much easier to devise CBT methods against it.
Incidentally, my therapy cured my compulsions too.Read intro
7)There are some studies which suggest if a family member has OCD, other members have slightly increased risk of OCD too. Or that there are some neurological circuit differences between the brain of an OCD person and the average person’s brain. What conclusions are we to draw from this?
As we all know, the brain and the mind are intrinsically tied up. We can combine the study which found that those former OCD sufferers’ brain’s circuitry were restored to normal after successful treatment via ERP, in those cases where ERP were successful [Read Extract 12]to conclude that the mind and the brain is indeed very much intrinsically tied up and we can successfully change the brain’s circuitry through talking/action therapy too.
8) I am like you, who has mainly pure-o or purely obsession. However, there is a new hypothesis which claims all OCD are similar in the format of first, anxiety concerns, then ‘neutralizations’ or actions done to alleviate the concern, and if the actions are done in the mind it causes obsession to occur. What is your take on this?
As we who have experienced Pure Obsession before, we know things are not so simple. When our obsession occurs it will just appear as itself, a very strong single thought or feeling in our head.
EVEN if their theory were true, for most of us who have experienced before genuine obsession, it may be the case that the mental action has became so attached to the anxiety concern that it is impossible to separate them anymore, that they will both arise simultaneously and together. Hence in such a case it may be better to just treat the obsession as one item, since we cannot separate it out.
9)How do you view OCD medication?
I did not take much of it, so am not really able to comment.
However, I found these studies:
"89% of patients relapsed within 7 weeks of a placebo wash-out period. Relapse rates in other studies have been variable, however. If patients do want to discontinue the medications, a slow taper should be used. Cases have been reported of individuals who become refractory to medications after taper"
"182 subjects (78%) were taking recommended doses of SSRIs at intake. Of these, 112 (62%) rated themselves as being very much or much improved. The remaining 70 subjects rated themselves as minimally improved, unchanged, or worse while taking the recommended doses of SSRIs."
"Conclusion: OCD is a chronic and debilitating disorder. In responders, SRIs have to be continued in the same doses (if possible) for a minimum of 1-2 years and may be lifelong in those with persistent symptoms and in those with multiple relapses. CBT has to be offered in combination with SRIs wherever facilities for CBT exist. As OCD is a chronic illness, prolonged treatment may be needed in most patients to prevent relapses."
10) What is ERP?
ERP stands for Exposure and Response prevention. It is a form of Cognitive-behavioural therapy. In its essence, it is a therapy which tries to treat a person's OCD by maximising a person's exposure to what he is afraid of and at the same time preventing him from performing any anxiety relieving compulsion.
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