I have been experiencing symptoms of OCD for about 5 years now, since I was 11. I go through phases of good days and bad days and still haven't been to the doctors because I'm scared that they will say it isn't OCD then I'll look stupid... My mum tells me to stop being stupid and that I need to get out of those habits but it's obviously not that easy. It gets worse when I'm stressed and starting at sixth form isn't easy, I sense a few people have noticed I'm not normal in some of the things I do but I try so hard to keep it to a minimum in front of everyone there.

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  • Hi L. Gosh that's really hard for you and i can understand that you are feeling scared. But I would really build up the strength to go and chat to your gp. If he/she doesn't take you seriously (which I would be very shocked at) then I would suggest you speak to a school nurse or someone in pastoral care at your school. They should then be able to put you in touch with the right help and advice. Keep in touch on this site. The OCD Action has a help line you can call and a volunteer will call you back. They may also be able to give you some useful advice or contacts. Good luck and let me know how you get on.

  • Thankyou so much, I never even thought about the school nurse before but I've finally rang the gp and have an appointment. Do you know if I'm more likely to be sent to a therapist or be put on medication or both?

  • If it were that easy to get out of OCD 'habits' we'd all have done it! But it isn't. In the reply you give below you say you have now made an appointment with your GP. Good! I'm sure they will recognize it's OCD and help you. Medication is usually offered, and this is usually an SSRI like Sertraline which can take the worst of the OCD off. It can be prescribed for children and teenagers for OCD and is generally safe, though it takes a few weeks before it kick in properly. But if it makes you feel worse, go straight back to the GP.

    The GP should refer you to a therapist for CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy. This may take a while, and you are likely to be referred to CAMHS, the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Do try to be as open as possible to your friends, family and the staff at school about having OCD. People are generally sympathetic and make allowances for odd behaviour when they know what causes it. I know it can be difficult, and I know what it's like to try to appear 'normal' when your OCD is making you do strange things! I hope things improve for you. Starting in sixth form can be stressful anyway!

  • Hi I'm Danielle

    I have suffered from OCD from the age of 10 probably younger i was diagnosed at the age of 12years old, by my doctor and went to councelling for 8-9 years I found it really helped me and gave me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel and I learned to live with it and to control it (at times), the controling techniques is great and people to listen and understand your feelings is great. my dad and sister thought I was just "putting it on" also and didnt have time for it or to help me my mam was there for me through it all maybe suggest another family member to confide in first then ask them to attend the doctor with you

    I hope this helps you if you need to talk mail me x

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