29-08-2017 07:57 PM
30-08-2017 11:18 AM
Hi @elyse, my (mid-20s) son's diagnosis includes OCD with psychosis. It's very hard to get through and reason during a relapse, if not impossible. I've only been able to deflect and minimise, confronting or questioning never worked. Is your husband on regular medications? In our case, daily doses have been increased after a relapse. Seeing a clinical psychologist on a regular basis has been really helpful. The psychologist has helped with strategies to manage OCD. I read your other post and also found it very difficult to accept that "getting better" was not an option. The term "illness" sounds like a cure is out there. It's more like a "condition", something to manage and live with.
30-08-2017 12:01 PM
30-08-2017 01:02 PM - edited 30-08-2017 01:56 PM
@elyse My son is on similar meds; antidepressants in the morning, antipsychotics in the evening and both are high doses. On the psychologists advice, when unwell, he uses headphones and music to help block out intrusive thoughts, including when going to sleep. It can take him weeks to get over the worst of a relapse and many months to get to a point where he seems to be stable again. Thankfully relapses are infrequent, ~2 years between episodes.
25-12-2017 09:08 PM
Does anyone know of any OCD/anxiety groups in Melbourne where sufferers can meet up and socialize?
My son feels very positive and cheerful after talking to fellow patients in a mental hospital, but relapsed
a couple of weeks after discharge from 'loneliness'. He would love to chat face-to-face or play sport with
people who are in the same boat. ArcVic has a support group once a month which is too long a wait inbetween.
01-03-2018 08:23 PM
04-03-2018 04:41 PM
Hi @Susana, (sorry I missed your question). "minimise", try to make the issue seem less important or reduce the effect. It doesn't always work. Here's the example, my son (when very unwell) wanted to rip up all the carpet in a main room of the house. He said it was making him ill, it was late at night and he was extrememly determined. I managed to divert his attention to another room (his bedroom, somewhere less obvious) so he headed to the bedroom. Then suggested he cut out small pieces to see if that helped. He cut out a square, waited a day, then cut out another. After that, the urgency faded and he stopped cutting squares out of the carpet. Now, two years later, there are still two large squares cut out of the carpet in his room. I read your other posts about your mum wanting constant reassurance... so hard to deal with and so relentless. You can have a break while she's in hospital.
04-03-2018 05:08 PM
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