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So, I have OCD. and part of that for me is having control over what I do, what happens to me, etc. But haviong schizophrenia (very slightly) Contridicts it because I involntarilly see/hear things that I cannot control, cannot change, cannot ignore. I have no idea how to handle that either and they contridict so bad that sometimes I get panic attacks...
I know nothing about OCD, but I know enough about "seeing and hearing things" to say that it's best to just roll with it. I've been having auditory and visual hallucinations for as long as I can remember and I've learned to accept it and move on with things. It's manageable if you just go with the flow, and I understand this could be hard with OCD, but with time the hallucinations will just become another part of life. I even appreciate my hallucinations, they are a break from the normal and a wonderful escape. You could always take pills, but schizophrenics have been known for their trust issues, and I don't trust doctors or medications.
I have trust issues, plus my parents refuse to pay for anything perscription for me. Including the insulin i need for my diabetes which means i'm a walking death trap. So, yeah. But I had schizo before I had OCD.. when my OCD started to progress, so did my schizo and then they started to contridict and everyday is a battle...
I've been having the same as Sorla since I was little. If the voices aren't threatening you or saying self destructive things sometimes it's best to talk to them agree or disagree or converse with them and they slowly go away. Othertimes if you haven't gone to a doctor you may want to see one. If not, I personally suggest trying some herbal medicine. These can be purchased at any drug store: St. John's Wort(for depression), Lemon Balm(for calmness and sleep), Chamomile(relaxing), or Kava(to reduce stress). Herbs with similar qualities are just as good. There are many causes of schizophrenia or things that cause hallucinations so you may not be schizophrenic if you haven't been diagnosed by a doctor
Sorla, you make me feel so normal. I'm so afraid to go to the doctor specifically because I know of all the crap that those medications do....
I have been diagnosed, but my voices, they leave me out of conversations. They scream and argue and banter, but never with or at me. If i join they tell me to shut up, in fact. And I see shadows everywhere, children running across hallways. here my name being called along empty hallways and when I'm home alone. I have no control. I've trie, I've taken medicine and tried herbs and pills and concotions and even some "voodoo"
I think you need to learn to adapt to the situation with a distraction, and I don't mean the self-destructive kind like some people resort to. Sometimes it takes more than just a simple first try to get them to listen to you. For the fleeting things like the children and shadows, find a distraction like music or a fiddlestick(a kind of thing you can keep in your pocket that you'll use as an achor to the real world). Mine are very over whelming and constant but I've learned to adapt where as your OCD is making you panic...hmm...
I have a junk necklace... It has two voodoo dolls and random um..things. like pecies of ribbons and saftey pins and what not. Little tokens from days i would like to remember. So I fiddle with that or the shuriken on a necklace around my neck. I know what is real and what isn't...
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to suggest anything if that made you upset. My best friend who has paranoia schizophrenia really can't tell what is and what isn't real. I say keep with the necklace and anything that isn't self destructive. If you use the necklace as an idea of "this gives me control" than you might begin to believe it. What perscriptions are you on for your voices? If you aren't on a duel pill for both OCD and the hallucinations you may want to ask to be, though that can always be harsh on your body with the typical crappy side effects
I'm not on prescriptions anymore, my father won't pay for any kind of prescription anything.
Prescriptions made me even more paranoid. You should keep a journal about all the bizarre things you experience. I keep a journal and it helps me organize my thoughts, figure out what my hallucinations mean. Kind of like a dream journal, well it is a dream journal when your reality is as surreal as it is for us.
I really like this thread, I have OCD, tourettes and either A. Aspergers or B. Schizoid and I'm writing a novel about someone with Schizopharnia. I would say, Just remember you're you no matter what other's say you're beautiful. no matter what your halutionations may do or even say, You're brilliante. You can do anything if you only hope and dream. You can also over come this. I "supress" my OCD (or you know CDO (the letters are in oder as they should be teehee)) you could earn to supress your OCD to the point where you can "deal" with everything else
Holy poop i typed so fast i spelled nearly everything wrong :c
I agree a journal may help you organize your thoughts both controlling and uncontrollable.
Glory, please don't mix up those letters >.< And ok, I will start a journal. Surpressing my OCD is not an option. I have tried and I haev accepted my OCD.