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  1. 7 hours ago, Phaseknox said:

    I’ve had fairly severe OCD since my teens (I’m 52 now), and it’s basically ruined my life in a lot of ways. It’s bad enough on its own with the germaphobic and repeated ritual stuff that it causes, but it has also led to some bad anxiety and depression as well. It has made me suicidal at times, and I’ve had to be in mental health hospitals for lengthy stretches of time due to it.


    While it can be crippling at times, most days I’m still able to function somewhat normally. It’s always there and a constant annoyance and frustration, but I’ve been living with it for so long that it’s part of my existence.


    I’ve somewhat recently developed DKA which has hindered my physical health as well. So now my mental and physical health are both bad. I’m a mess. :p But thankfully I no longer have to work, and hobbies/interests such as music, movies and video games definitely help.

    what kind of treatments have you done?

  2. 3 minutes ago, best3444 said:

    My psychiatrist says I have OCD with my thinking so I can relate a little bit. You're really making great strides in recovery. 

    That doesn’t surprise me since you also have experienced trauma. And yeah I’m learning now that there is the “obsessions” part which is cognitive, and the “compulsions” part which is behavior and rituals which don’t always happen or aren’t always physical. And thank you yeah it’s a journey but I’m glad to be on it and getting more answers. 

  3. 3 minutes ago, TheLeon said:

    Not personally, but I have seen every episode of Monk. 

    Never heard of it but I googled it. Looks like the stereotypical Hollywood germaphobe representation of OCD which is actually not the way the majority of people present with OCD symptoms.

  4. Apparently something like 20-30% of people with PTSD develop OCD as well within a year after a traumatic event. My psychologist said she thinks this is happening with me since I was hospitalized last year and the more I read about OCD the more I’m like yup, this is me.


    This is an enormous relief because I knew there was something else happening to me in addition to the standard PTSD stuff and I thought I just had a uniquely broken brain that was beyond repair. I didn’t even know how to articulate what I was experiencing or feeling. Now as I read about OCD feelings and symptoms I realize that this is it. It feels SO good to know that this is identified and can be treated!

    Anyone else have experience with this?

  5. 1 hour ago, TheLeon said:

    Those of you who have done the various dna thingys, did you find them worthwhile? I’m a little curious to see where I come from, but I don’t really know I would do with that. At most, it would maybe allow me to make certain racist jokes with immunity. Is that worth a couple hundred bucks? I guess it depends on the race. 

    You can get the ancestry only 23andMe kit which is only like $99 I think. If you want the health stuff added onto it then I think it’s more like $200.


    I found it worth it because my mom was adopted and there was so much I didn’t know about that side of our family and it actually got me connected with an aunt and we found out stuff about our racial makeup that we weren’t expecting. It was important to me and worth it. Only you can decide if it’s important to you. In hindsight I’d probably only just do the ancestry but I did the health one too. Since you’re not sure of your family health history that part alone might be insightful. 

    16 minutes ago, sblfilms said:

    It was pretty neat, and 23 and Me has all sorts of other interesting tidbits like all their “likelihood of X” stuff (having curly hair, having colored eyes, thinking cilantro tastes like soap, etc.) that were surprisingly accurate for both my wife and I. 

    those specific traits were hit and miss for me lol. A lot weren’t accurate. But there’s no guarantee with those. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Chris- said:

    My dad is absolutely the father of both myself and my brother. My father's father (I can't call him my grandfather since he died before I was born) cheated on his wife (my dad's mother) and had a child (my father's half-sibling). That detail is....papered over, as it would be in any good Catholic family.

    Why not? Two of my grandparents died before I was born and I’ve never even considered not calling them my grandmother or grandfather. 

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  7. 53 minutes ago, ManUtdRedDevils said:

    I am pretty sure I got my first pair of AirPods for $99. To have the ability to listen to music/podcasts/movies with one airpod in and the other ear free to listen to my environment is fantastic. Add a good battery life and long Bluetooth range, it allows a lot of flexibility in my life. 

    A more practical item that has provided a lot of value for under $100 has been a portable air compressor. I keep it in my trunk and used it many of times in emergencies. Plus it is nice to have a compressor for bicycles and sport balls. 

    You can listen to stuff in one ear with regular earbuds too. I do it all da time. 

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