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A PhD candidate, suffering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and depression

06 Dec
A PhD candidate, suffering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and depression, who is caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s, asks if there are any resources available that might help, and secondly, whether we ship to Australia...
Question:

Hello, I have just come across your web site. I suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. Would any of your products be of assistance?? I have reached a point of absolute desperation. Secondly, do you ship to Australia?

I also suffer from depression -- apart from the OCD, my mother has Alzheimer''s. We have always shared a very special relationship and due to her illness I am suffering greatly. And that is not exaggeration.

Also I am trying to finish off my PhD (I only have a few months more until my submission date and with my current situation, work is extremely difficult). Also I don''t have family in the area and therefore my support network is virtually nil. A couple of my friends do know of my OCD but are unable to provide a degree of support. So if you have any other products to assist with depression or Alzheimers-- or could steer me in the right direction -- I would be very thankful.

Hoping to hear from you.

Best wishes,
Harise



Dear Harise,
I am currently working on an imagery CD specifically for OCD, but it’s not done yet. Do keep checking back with us for when it’s completed.

In the meantime, any imagery that effectively reduces anxiety should be helpful for your OCD, since this is an anxiety-based disorder. Relaxation & Wellness would be a good one. But since depression is also a challenge for you, I would probably start out with our imagery CD for Depression, because it will help with the anxiety but it also addresses the depression. That might help give you a little energy back. Then, after a few weeks or months, when you’re thoroughly sick of listening to it, you could switch to the other.

And, because imagery reaches the lower centers of the brain - the brain stem and midbrain - which are not affected by Alzheimers - you could also play your imagery for your mother. She''ll respond to the voice tone and music.

And yes, we do ship to Australia.

As for other resources, in doing my research for the OCD CD, I came across a wonderful book by Jonathan Grayson PhD (I perused a lot of them, but this one really stood out, both for its thoughtful, compassionate, intellectually solid understanding of the condition, but also for the practical tools/program it offered to sufferers.) It''s perfect for a self-help situation, as well as a powerful addition to therapy - especially cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication, the two things that are found to reduce OCD symptoms. It''s called Freedom From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program For Living With Uncertainty and it''s available on Amazon.com. I was very impressed with the man and the book (as were the 8 reviewers on Amazon - it got a straight five stars.).

And, kudos to you for pressing on with your PhD under such daunting conditions. I do hope you don’t give up! This is treatable and this too shall pass - or, at the very least, get a lot better.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award