Damn, my mental illness!

@alberello (4755)
Italy
March 27, 2013 2:09pm CST
Well, as many of you already know (as it almost repeat it in many of my discussions and comments), I suffer from a mental disorder, called DOC (Obsessive and compulsive disorder). For this reason I am mentally disabled 75%, and, to me, is recognized by the State a miserable allowance of 280 € / month. Lately I have to report that this disorder, , does not make me live in peace and serenity. I went from my psychiatrist and she did not want me switching drugs that I am currently taking, but she has reduced me the dose, as before I was too sleepy. Maybe I'll start to believe that this was a mistake! I pray and hope that this disorder, end immediately!. I do not want to live my whole life in pain! If I could put a signature that the DOC, it will not ever struck me, I would do it !
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@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
27 Mar 13
I am so sorry you are suffering, from this mental illness that you have, and I really hope things, get better for you real soon, the judge said i was disabled so that I could get my check every month, but I don't let thuings bother me, I just stay on my computer working all the time.
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
27 Mar 13
Well, thank you for your good wishes for me. The hope that my illness finally vanish, however inside me, stays on!
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
3 Apr 13
Many people told me to think positive
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
27 Mar 13
Very sorry to hear this my dear. Have you tried to go to other drs.? Maybe a different dr. might help. We are all here or you. Take care. Love ya friend..
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
27 Mar 13
Well, I have tried many medicines, as well as I consulted several doctors. But unfortunately, at the moment I find myself still in a stalemate!
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• Mexico
27 Mar 13
Sorry to hear that. Dont give up !!! Something new will come along soon. Im sure of it.
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@bunnybon7 (37156)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Mar 13
so sorry. so many times it seems that experimenting has to be done to find the right meds for a person. as not all work the same for everyone. we are all different. perhaps they need to move you to a different med. celexa was perfect for my son but it didnt work well with me.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Mar 13
If you were here in the US, you would probably not be classified as disabled, and you would not even be getting that monthly allowance. Still, I wish it would go and leave you alone too. So many miserable conditions out there that afflict people!
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
27 Mar 13
But what the heck! Give a disabled person like me, who probably will never work, an allowance "from hunger", it is a shame Italian! However you say that in the U.S., no one would give me neither poverty. From here, I gather that the whole world is a single country!
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Mar 13
Is this another term for manic-depressive or bipolar? I think people can outgrow this kind of disorder when they grow emotionally mature. One begins to be able to adjust and adopt to changes in circumstances.
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
28 Mar 13
Well my condition is called DOC that is obsessive and compulsive. I have a friend who has schizophrenia bipolar. I do not know whether this is equivalent. However, none of my medical practitioner, never mentioned it to me to have the bipolar
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@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
28 Mar 13
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with bi polar disease! I can't tell you how many times my meds have been changed but I think they finally found the right combination. Nobody wants to have a mental illness but so many people do. I get $857 a month and it's not easy living on that. I don't know what they expect us to do with such small amounts of money to live on. As far as I know there isn't really a 'cure' for any mental disease we just have to figure out how to live with it.
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
28 Mar 13
I understand, but sometimes live with a condition like mine, it is not easy! For this reason I will never stop fighting my discomfort! However, your economic aid you receive is higher than mine, but this is not, however, a considerable sum in order to live independently. Above all, in my case, it will be very difficult to find work in the future. Already there is no possibility for healthy people ... (this at least in Italy)
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@Jayajael (11)
• United States
28 Mar 13
I feel your pain. I had depression years ago and the medicines were awful along with side effects, so they kept giving me new meds. I also have a son with scziophrenia and it was terrible in his early teens, now he's thirty something and has learned to deal with it. The money they get a month is nothing and they should increase it just because you have to live with this. I would like to share a scripture with you without being preachy, If you have a Bible see if you can find Isaiah 33:24, part of that says; "No resident will say I am sick" NOw this is a prophecy about the future of mankind on earth when it will be turned to a paradise/ THis paradise will be ruled by Jesus in heaven. The times will be peaceful and no one will get sick, have disease or die. This is a promise given to us and another promise about the deaf will hear and blind will see is found at: Isaiah. Please stay positive and endure it, it won't be long.
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
28 Mar 13
Well, in fact on how you were able to read in the text of my discussion, I always hope to get rid of the weight of this terrible illness that affects my life in every way! The hope of healing permanently, to me, is always on!
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@cvodrey (227)
• United States
30 Mar 13
I've known OCD to be treated with antidepressants and therapy, but there are also alternative treatments that might help. Supplements such as NAC (An-acetyl Cysteine) have shown positive results for decreasing symptoms in those with compulsive behaviors and addictions. Adding a Super B vitamin can also be helpful. Having a good workout raises certain chemical levels in the brain that help keep OCD, or the stress that causes flare-ups, in check. You might also consider your diet. Eating diets high in processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, dyes, preservatives and additives, tends to aggravate symptoms in individuals with OCD, autism, ADHD/ADD, and tic disorders. While none of these suggestions will cure OCD, they may work as an adjunct therapy to the one you currently subscribe to. Good luck, Alberello. Know that you are not alone. Many people suffer with OCD in silence. *Disclaimer: I am not a licensed psychiatrist. Always talk to your doctor before adding strenuous activities or supplements to your diet. Some natural supplements are dangerous when combined with certain medications.
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@cttolledo (5055)
• Philippines
28 Mar 13
Hi..You are still lucky because your state are giving allowance to those sick.. thats a big thing atleast you can surely finance your medication...Get well soon..
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• United States
22 Jun 15
Hi! I also have obsessive/compulsive disorder. (Here, we call it OCD.) It can be debilitating at times, but it doesn't affect me as much as my other disorders do (bipolar disorder & schizophrenia). With OCD, therapy might help.... Like if you wash your hands excessively, for example, maybe there is a reason for it.... probably in your childhood... or if you're a neat freak or whatever.... Look at your past and figure out why you think, feel, or act a certain way. If you know why you do this, it might help you be more able to rethink it and not act that way anymore. :)
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
9 Apr 13
I hope that you will find the right combination of medicine. It is not nice to be sleepy all the time (I also take medicine against a mental illness and it has the same side effect) but on the other hand it is also important that you don't lose of the effect of the medicine. If you feel that your illness gets worse with the reduced dose you should discuss it with your psychiatrist again. I understand what you mean when you say that you don't want to live your entire life in pain. Some of the people who don't have any personal experience with mental illnesses don't understand how hard it can be. In some cases it is possible to recover from a mental illness, but even if you don't rid of the illness completely there are things that can reduce the pain. One of my friends has the same illness as you he is a member of an OCD group with other patients and leader of the group is a therapist who has specialized in OCO. I don't know if the same kinds of groups exist in Italy, but you could ask your psychiatrist or look online.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Apr 13
hio alberello you sound most intelligenth so I feel if you find the right mental health doctor and he or she can help you overcome this you will be eventually free of the whole thing, I know it must be weighing heavily on you and I hope you can find the one person who will know just how to cure or b ettercontrol it so you have a real life again,.