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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:30 PM

I need help and I'm not sure where to turn

My husband seems to have a problem with OCD and it is causing me problems.

In the morning we get up and he gets dressed and when he's ready to leave he insists we check the water. off. If I don't go he says "come on, please " until I do. He insists I go into the bathroom with me and ask me if the water in the tub is off.
Then the water in the sink. Sometimes, he wants to go back and check again.

Then the kitchen. We have to check the sink and the stove.

He also has to stare at the washer and dryer for a while and sometimes check various electrical outlets. Today he left the house and came back 15 minutes later and insisted I check the water again. He doesn't think it's a problem. We don't currently have insurance. What can I do?

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Reply I need help and I'm not sure where to turn (Original post)
cannabis_flower Sep 2020 OP
dhol82 Sep 2020 #1
cannabis_flower Sep 2020 #6
choie Sep 2020 #2
cannabis_flower Sep 2020 #4
OAITW r.2.0 Sep 2020 #3
cannabis_flower Sep 2020 #7
OAITW r.2.0 Sep 2020 #8
mecherosegarden Sep 2020 #5
Tetrachloride Sep 2020 #9
MaryMagdaline Sep 2020 #10
Tetrachloride Sep 2020 #11
cannabis_flower Sep 2020 #13
42bambi Sep 2020 #12
jorgevlorgan Sep 2020 #14
cannabis_flower Sep 2020 #15
jorgevlorgan Sep 2020 #17
mzmolly Sep 2020 #16
littlemissmartypants Sep 2020 #18

Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:34 PM

1. Get insurance.

and make sure it has psych as part of the benefits.
Psych is not always included. OCD will def be part of a psych diagnosis.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:37 PM

6. If I could afford insurance!

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:34 PM

2. Hi cannabis_flower

I'm sorry you and he are going through this. Is this new behavior?

Choie

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Response to choie (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:36 PM

4. It's been going on a while

but it's gotten worse lately. He doesn't usually come back home to check or make me check.

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:35 PM

3. Get professional IRL help.

DU is no place to ask for anonymous advice.....nor, IMHO, should it be given.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:38 PM

7. The post below yours is helpful

Yours isn't!

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:40 PM

8. Fair enough. Follow that post and best! nt

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:36 PM

5. Try calling SAMHSA

Contact SAMHSA ( Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at (800) 662-HELP (4357) or online . I think they have resources for people without health insurance. Good Luck!

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:49 PM

9. May I ask some background questions (dont answer here out loud)

1. What kind of community do you live in as a whole: size, political makeup, distance to your region's center.

2. How about your nearest relatives.

3. And your neighbors

4. Finally, are either of you employed and in what profession.

5. Your age

Health professionals and social workers will like to ask these.

For a side project of mine, I visited the office of my local NAMI : National Alliance of Mental Illness.

Here is their main webpage. https://www.nami.org/Home

If we are lucky, some professionals will read this thread.

If you visit or call your county's health offices, they will get you started.

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:22 PM

13. Yeah..


From your link "A lot of people with OCD feel very responsible for preventing a terrible thing from happening "

I think this mostly started when the downstairs neighbor had a leak. Water was coming in from his ceiling. They thought at first nowe might have left the water running and had an overflow but what it was was a pipe that had burst. It wasn't us at all. That was about a year ago and it hasn't gotten better. I can't convince him that even if the water is running, if the stopper isn't in the sink it won't run over. It is literally impossible to have the water overflow if the stopper is not in the sink. It's illogical.

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:59 PM

12. I'm not a Dr. but OCD is sometimes a precursor to Dementia, my Mom

never had OCD until just a couple years prior to her being diagnosed with dementia. So sorry you both are going through this difficult time. I wish you luck, hugs, and hope.

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:37 PM

14. 211 might new a good place to start

To find affordable mental health services. Good luck!!

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Response to jorgevlorgan (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:42 PM

15. Thanks

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #15)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:49 PM

17. Also this place works on a sliding scale and while it is probably far away from you, they

Do everything remotely and over zoom now, so it might be workable if to isn't a super long waiting list. No idea if it they will take you if you arent local, but it might not hurt to ask! https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/the-maple-counseling-center-beverly-hills-ca/476798

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:45 PM

16. There is a free app with support called

NOCD. There are discussion boards within the app where you might reach out for help.

More info on the app and its other features here:


I also recommend reading IMP Of The Mind (I forget who the author is) and Brain Lock by Jeffrey Schwartz.

I have a loved one with OCD. Yes, its a problem and it sounds like OCD.

You might also check for free support and resources in your area: https://iocdf.org/ocd-finding-help/supportgroups/

Good luck!!

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Response to cannabis_flower (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 03:36 AM

18. Call your local health department. They may be able to connect you with other resources and

may be able to provide services for free or a sliding scale. Most state Departments of Health can connect you with services in your area. Also, NAMI is a great resource.

You can call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264 M-F, 10 am 6 pm, ET Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling.

❤ lmsp

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