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Extreme OCD

Hi all. I’m new here and giving this a try. It’s nice to know that other people have the same issues.

I have had extreme anxiety and OCD my whole life. I’m so tired mentally. The anxiety/constant unwanted thoughts is one thing but in recent years the OCD has really taken a bad turn. I find myself overly checking and double checking things such as if I locked my door, if I turned off the stove and even make rounds to make sure there isn’t a fire. Any one else have this issue? What can I do? Are there over the counter supplements I can try?

Thank you!

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Hello, you are not alone with your suffering. I haven’t had anxiety my whole life, just the last 5 years or so.

As for the OCD your post made me think about the things I do. I am constantly checking things also. I hadn’t really linked it to anything until now.

I am currently taking magnesium. I’ve tried so many different things which hasn’t helped any. I’ve been taking the magnesium for about 6 days so far. I’d like to say it’s helping a lot, but yesterday I had a bad day, so it may not be.

Wishing you the best.

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Magnesium helps me relax and sleep at night, so you could take it before bed. EMDR really helped me with unwanted thoughts r/t OCD, it also got me to relax and see what it feels like to be neurologically relaxed. If interested check the EMDR institute for well trained providers.

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I felt like I wrote your post. My boyfriend installed cameras in my home and garage to help me monitor everything. When I get in bed instead of going back downstairs to check everything several times I look at the cameras and go to sleep. I also use my cell phone to take a photo of the actual lock being locked on my door. I know trust me I know but it helps me.

As far as the stove that one I still check even if I haven't used the stove all day. I also use the camera in my garage to look so I don't get to the store and feel I need to go home because I don't know if the door is closed even though I stared at it for 5 mins before leaving. I believe the technology has helped but not eliminated the problem. I feel the older I get the worse my OCD has become and I also feel when my anxiety is acting up my OCD gets worse. I also check to make sure windows are locked and not open, I check to make sure my pets are in the house before leaving even though the cat never goes outside, I have a lot of others too.

It's exhausting. I have tried meds didn't make me feel right. I do take vitamins and I use essential oils to try to remain calm like lavender and often burn sage. I don't think there are any over the counter meds or supplements to help with OCD if so please someone share.

I hope some of this helped if not sorry

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