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I've been diagnosed with OCD. I am noticing impairment in my life that is quite bothersome. Using a certain kind of pen when I do my homework for my college classes is giving me issues because I seem to have a compulsive desire to want to always be able to see how much ink the pen I'm writing with has at all times. This is just one of many obsessions.

Another obsession is actually the medicines I am on. I cannot ever completely stop thinking about them, and I will sometimes try to contact my doctor and pharmacist continuously throughout the day with questions and concerns I have about anything and everything I'm taking.

Are there ways I could cope better with the level of OCD symptoms I have? I have asked my psychiatrist, pharmacist, therapist.

With 30 mg of Lexapro, but that doesn't even seem like enough for the amount of symptoms I'm having. For my diet, I drink a lot of caffeine and take high doses of L-Tyrosine supplements with Dexedrine, but it's hard on OCD.

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replied September 22nd, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. you are likely having increase serotonin levels because of use of amphetamines along with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can lead to increase serotonin level then can have such symptoms. Doses of amphetamines need to be reduced and alternates to control your obsessive compulsive disorder can be considered . Dose of Lexapro can even be increased further for ocd management. Let your psychiatrist decide what is best for you.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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replied September 27th, 2018
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Welcome to e health forum.

The best way to deal with the situation and your obsessive thoughts is to undergo behavior therapy and regular counselling which can help you how to deal with the obsessive and irritating thoughts.

Consult your psychiatrist and also join a support group which can help you better

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