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10 Nov 2006

Sleeping Tablets & OCD
Hi Doctor,

I have been suffering from OCD for a very long time (good couple of years) although I've only been diagnosed with it in 2004 after visiting the local shrink. She put me on Zoloft for a few months and I thought I was making a recovery, but was wrong. Also, during all these years, I was taking over the counter sleeping tablets like Betasleep and Somnil because of leading a very stressfull (workaholic) and lonely life (no time for socialising because of OCD). Recently, I made up my mind to stop taking these tablets and noticed a major difference in this anxiety (not cured, but major difference)? This brings me to my question; is it possible that taking these sleeping tablets could have resulted or worsened my OCD?

Many thanks.
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01 Jan 0001

OCd responds well to treatment, with CBT counselling and drugs like Zoloft can also help a good deal, but not when taken for just a few months. YOur observation is very interesting --- these "sleeping tablets" could indeed have worsened your condition in several ways --- congratulations on having the good sense and strength to come off them. One way in which this can happen is that where they are short-acting sedatives, when there is a gap between doses, you might get some withdrawal effects which could make you more agitated.
Consider CBT counselling to omplete the ask of freeing yourself from the OCD
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