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Updated January 12, 2010

From the article: OCD and Depression
If you have OCD, you probably know that you are at a greater risk for developing other forms of mental illness. One of the most common mental illnesses to occur with OCD is major depressive disorder. Unfortunately, the presence of depression can often have a negative impact on the treatment of OCD symptoms. Have your OCD symptoms made you feel depressed from time to time? If so, what have you found effective for dealing with symptoms of depression?


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—Guest tina

Michele Taylor

I have OCD and I find life very hard at times would love to have some tips on how to coop and to get my life back
—Guest Michele


Same/similiar experience to Dan, the bad memories just seem to eat you. You start a small project and you lose interest/can't do it. Become frustrated, deeply so if the computer lost my work. Would force myself to do something repetitive in a marathon way, until I dropped from exhaustion to get a good 'night' rest. OCD, oh definitely, not officially diagnosed. But there are so many instances where I was doing something, and I would tell people to 'let me alone, let me finish, I must finish this before I do any of that.' Then I would 'fly off the handle' if they pushed me to do a different task instead. Learned GANNT charts and use them to schedule my daily tasks. 1 task at a time, become deeply frustrated/stubborn and violent sometimes with people when they 'push' me to move to doing something else, gets worse under bad stress.
—Guest simplyhere

OCD Recovery

After years of dealing with undiagnosed OCD I thought I was crazy. I was afraid to seek therapy. Finally, I took the plunge into what I thought would be a lifetime of hospitalization (OCD has a way of making everything seem worse then it really is), but instead I was diagnosed with OCD and Depression. What a relief! The depression was caused by the OCD and how I judged my thoughts becauee of it. What really helped me was finding the right doctor. I found someone who specialized in OCD and my appointments were filled with behavior modification info. and scenarios of how to work through it. Luckily, I took a lot of notes which I still refer back to when I feel anxious. I also use a workbook called, The OCD Workbook. Both my therapy notes and the workbook have been key in helping me remember that I am not alone and I can work through it. It also reminds me to have a plan for the day. For me, it's the small steps taken daily that add to up recovery.
—Guest Ida

My son was depressed...

When my son Dan suffered from severe OCD, he also suffered from depression. I would think anyone suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder would be depressed! In Dan's case, when his OCD improved, his depression lifted, but not before he had been given (too many) medications to try and help him. It got very complicated, as it became evident that may of the drugs used to help Dan were actually making him more depressed. For him, treating the OCD with ERP Therapy is what helped him beat OCD and come out of his depression.

OCD and Depression

I don't know why, but in some moments in my life I have a deep sorrow from which I feel a constant weight pulling at my heart. Some nights are worse than others. I cannot sleep and my mind begins to wander. It goes to dark thoughts of the past, things that are out of my control. I have no idea what brings me to these thoughts. I just cling on to only bad memories. I cannot seem to focus on the good ones. The bad ones become more vivid and prevalent while the good ones begin to fade. I could never bring myself to level with the problems I knew I had. Constantly I would think about them. Never would I have a decent nights sleep. I would promise myself everyday that today I would stop worrying, today I would relax, today I would be like the others. The thing that truly freed me from myself was witting. It took a book called "if you want to write" to bring me to actually give it a try. I cannot tell you how liberated I feel after writing for only a few months. It freed me.
—Guest Dan
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