How to Stop OCD Thoughts
“I wish that anxiety sufferers could come to me for 5 minutes so I can show them the evidence of what does and doesn’t work. When I hear about people having CBT, hypnosis and medications or doing ‘self help’ programs that claim a lot, but just don’t work, it reminds me of when I was anxious, how desperate I was and how much life and money I wasted pursuing these ‘so called’ cures. I know what we do works every time and it’s a frustration to me that I can’t show everyone.”
Charles Linden with his family
In the late 80′s I worked for the US forces in Germany, the hours were long and the work tedious and difficult, the money wasn’t great and I was about 20 years old. I was driving for three to five hours each day dependant on traffic conditions, the journey was about 60 miles each way, I arrived home after dark every day seven days per week, I ate late at night and didn’t sleep long enough.
One morning in November I got out of bed feeling pretty dizzy and shaky but carried on regardless. I drove to the nearest gas station and opened the door to climb out. As I did so, my legs collapsed my heart raced, I felt short of breath, dizzy and scared, more scared than I had ever felt before.
I was convinced I was having a heart attack; the gas station staff called the emergency services and I was ambulanced away, scared and very alone. On reaching the hospital the doctors examined me extensively (as German doctors do), and declared that they thought that I was suffering from panik attacken!
None of my relatives lived in Germany, I had a handful of fairly new friends that I couldn’t really rely on and I felt like my world was falling apart. The panic attacks came regularly, then more regularly, I stopped going out, I stopped smoking, I stopped drinking coffee, but to no avail, in fact I felt worse. I even modified my diet because I thought that what I ate made me feel worse.
I started experiencing a dream like state that I now know as Derealization, this, mixed with the constant churning in my stomach; the tingling feelings and dizziness, made me feel like I was slowly slipping into deep illness. I started experiencing a ‘dream like’ state where I didn’t recognize who I was, this is called depersonalization, wow was it scary. The symptoms changed constantly and are too numerous to mention here but it was a living hell. It was at this point, after about four months, that I decided to return to England to see my own doctor, I had become scared of travelling so I decided to drive home which seemed less threatening, it was horrific!
On arriving in the UK, I visited my doctor who immediately prescribed Diazepam for his diagnosis of depression and marked my medical notes ‘hypochondriac’; if I had known then what I know now, I would have never gone to his surgery on that day.
Fast forward 5 years, through Diazepam addiction, Stelazine, Prozac, Zispin and other anti-depressants. I found myself very overweight, with acute anxiety, multiple medication addictions, food intolerance, extreme Panic Attacks (up to 10 a day), Depersonalization, Derealization and Agoraphobic to the extreme. I had visited every kind of specialist, quack, herbalist, alternative therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist and dietician that exists and none had given me a spark of hope although they all took huge amounts of money from me.
I knew that there had to be an answer and I made it my quest to find it.
I found the answer eventually, after massive research and evaluation of other sufferers; and it is this method that I use today to help many people from all around the world.
Read on to find out how it can help you.
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