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I was diagnosed with OCD in October 2014. The diagnosis came after I suffered a crisis at home where I had obsessive thoughts of a violent nature which involved knives, my family and other people. I'd had depression for some weeks and was under a lot of stress at work and in my personal family life. I had never experienced these types of thoughts before and so was very frightened; I didn't know what to do or who to turn to. I thought I should leave home to ensure my family's safety and turn myself in to the police. I decided to contact my GP who referred me to the local psychiatric hospital where I received very good support and treatment.
Since then I had been taking 100mg of Sertraline daily which kept the obsessive thoughts at bay. My depression has also improved and I have been completely free from it since May 2015. I have reduced my work stress and family relationships are good. I was doing so well that the GP agreed to a reduction to 50mg per day of Sertraline which I tapered to I thought successfully. But then I let it slide. I started sitting up late at night and becoming over-tired and sleep-deprived. Violent harmful thoughts returned and so the dose has been put up to 100mg daily. I wonder if I will ever be free of OCD? But at least this set-back has not yet brought the depression back yet.
I am still hopeful.
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