mental illness

Chapter 5: An Update on Everything

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The rise of reason has reached a new peak.  I have new insights on medication, meditation and my, (what’s best described as), ‘immersion’, has come of age.

It’s been roughly a year since I wrote the first two chapters.  I will have to re-read them to see how much I agree with.  Or maybe I won’t, maybe my spontaneity will be a jem to read.  My writing will reflect the fact that my immersion has improved for the better.  ‘How so?’.  Well, it has come along after I have meditated with the feeling of anxiety for longer periods of time.  This will really help the OCD sufferer.  Once you are used to practicing meditation, really focus on the core.  I call it ‘immersion’, ‘the core’, ‘anxiety’ and ‘overwhelming feeling of doubt’.  Focus on it as much as you can and say things out loud, like ‘I am at peace’, ‘I am at ease’, and ‘I am comfortable’.  I am experiencing my ‘immersion’ reaching new heights after focusing on it for a very long time for a few days now.

I fell for the roulette delusion one last time this morning, but now I know, thanks to my meditation, that it won’t happen again next time.  The machines are getting cut back to max spin £2 in the UK.  Timely.  It’s a shame because now I’ve overcome it, I won’t get the chance to show everyone that I have by resisting them.  Ah well, it’s a really great thing anyway, a lot of people will be saved from addiction because of the new law.  It’s like a hypnosis.  Anyway back to OCD.

In terms of mini obs, I have to catch myself out checking conversations on my phone obsessively, or worrying relentlessly about the state of my flat and not doing anything about it, only making the rumination worse.  Eventually i am at ease especially with the violent obsession and the existential obsession, which I briefly mentioned before was about stabbing myself in the neck;  it was a constant one for a time.  Worse in the morning.  One which was actually much more distressing was the existential obsession.  I know, it shouldn’t be, just realize we are all in the same boat, ‘right?’.  It hasn’t been as easy as that.  It’s been hard to let go of the feelings it produced, and guess what… it was indeed a psychosis.  So not only can I call it the ‘existential obsession’, I can call it a ‘psychosis’.  Of course, there is also a need to step back and not call it anything from time to time.  But then the feelings come.  The disturbing detachment from reality that was almost constant.  It was so debilitating that I’ve never been able to work and relationships have suffered (more on this next).  It was so constant that now, I’ve never consistently felt this level of immersion before, and i’m sure i’m only at where everyone is at most of the time.  Of course, there has been times throughout my existence where my immersion has been great, but not very consistently.  I’d get stuck on thoughts too much, almost certainly obstructed or diverted.  Another thing I get, which I used to think was due to losing concentration, is a vision where everything is magnified and dizzy.  I now realize that people don’t get this, and is likely something else than just the medication.  I also get very paranoid, like a really bad social anxiety, it’s more than a spike.  Another thing, I have been great on the olanzapine: the antipsychotic.  Due to my new level of meditation, I am able to reduce both the olanzapine, and the clomipramine, getting rid of the side effects; these can be shaking, fatigue, lack of energy, panic attacks (yes, really.  for me anyway), and lack of motivation with a certain numbness.

But hey, I can treat it in the same way with my own ERP.  ERP ERP ERP!

Now I am aware there are doubts as to the effectiveness of some medications, including clomipramine.  So what are my views on this?  Well, I feel that medications are a good thing to a certain extent.  They are good to suppress and block out the distressing feelings, giving you a pathway to make changes to your responses.  Even though some studies have shown that clomipramine isn’t effective, I have also read articles that argue, from studies, that it is.  Whether it is effective for OCD or not, I agree on its use in severe cases.  I have needed medication to get at least some peace to be able to absorb therapy and learn to meditate;  They clear the pathway to change.  Nevertheless, it is us, the sufferer, who must make those changes.  The medication doesn’t, we do, they are not a cure.  More later my spontaneity has ended.