hi I've had severe health phobias from time to time during my life since I was 22. I'm now 41 and it's become unbearable. I've been diagnosed with anxiety disorder and recurrent depression but never OCD. I'm getting this reviewed now because the fears about my health have been totally out of control now for 2 years. Does anybody out there suffer with just the health phobia type of OCD? I don't have problems with hand-washing or checking rituals, just used to be very obsessive with list-writing in my younger days. I've had numerous unnecessary hospital tests over the years. Stressful events in my life have made it unbearable to live with the day to day health fears, and there can be multiple in one day, like am I going blind, am I going deaf, do I have this or that disease... Two parts of my brain are in constant turmoil: the rational part and the obsessive part. I'm not afraid of dying but more of having a debilitating disorder or chronic pain. My doctor has recommended I take clomipramine, can anyone advise? I've never tried this but had constipation and drowsiness with amitriptyline and never had any benefit from SSRIs. I'd prefer to try a natural therapy like mindfulness-based CBT.
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