You are here:

Suicide Prevention/obsessive compulsive disorder and feeling worthless

Advertisement


V wrote at 2014-10-05 05:26:38
I just want to let you know I feel a lot like you do and you're not the only person in the world, although I know it may seem like that at times. When I say I feel a lot like you this is regarding ocd, annoying people and how I think it would be better if I wasn't around, even if it was just that I had my own place. I know this is only down to my ocd. Please know though that this isn't the case and is more your ocd that is making you feel like that because it is hard.  I also have ocd with washing but little other things too. You did say that you think you may have more then ocd but from this can be other things like feeling low. Of course I don't know if that is the only thing. I've been feeling low because things changed and the help I was getting stopped as I've moved but the help I was getting was really good and that was cbt, I would look into it as it helps with ocd loads. Also, there are helpful ocd websites like ocd action.


Suicide Prevention

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Rachel Hurst

Expertise

All questions sent to me will receive a warm and caring response. I'll do my utmost to address a persons particular problem, but in most cases will also attempt to supply that individual with additional resources which might be of further benefit. There are many helpful online support groups where readers can benefit from the ongoing support of others who have suffered similar problems. These groups offer invaluable peer support from others who have 'been there'. As well as responding to your initial letter, I'll attempt to provide ongoing encouragement when this is needed. Advice will be focused on addressing the writers individual needs, and providing related information and resources. I would try to ensure that any person seeking advice has accurate and up-to-date information on the signs and symptoms of depression, and importantly, is made aware that help is available through many different avenues. Where I feel that it's relative and helpful I would mention my own life experiences with depression and coping with a loved one's suicide (however, only in context.) I would be on the lookout for warning signs that the person is in crisis and may require immediate intervention. As such I would arm myself with as much information as possible in order to refer them to the help they need. In cases where I believed the persons life to be in imminent danger I would contact authorities in their area, or if unknown, I would call the emergency services in my area in order for the person to be located through tracking.

Experience

I am by no means a trained professional. My knowledge comes mainly through life experience, having endured the devastating loss of my best friend through suicide, as well as my own subsequent battle with depression following his death. I found that my own experience of losing a loved one to suicide put me in a strong position to help others, due to my ability to empathize (as opposed to sympathizing). I became knowledgeable on the topic of grief, and the extensive repertoire of depressive illnesses, signs, symptoms, and treatment options available to people in crisis.

Organizations
S.O.L.O.S. Survivors of Loved Ones Suicide - Active member since 2003.

Publications
'Marie Claire' Australian, 'Cleo' (Australian), Online discussion forums (in which my submissions have stimulated discussion and generated much feedback).

Education/Credentials
I am a professional writer. I was trained in journalism. Please see my profile in Linked In. http://au.linkedin.com/pub/rachel-hurst/41/178/165 I have studied related subjects during training as a registered nurse. Both of my parents are mental health professionals. However most of reading widely and life experience has been my greatest teacher.

Past/Present Clients
I have helped a number of individuals who have sought my take on a particular problem, or whom I have felt concern for, for various reasons.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.