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Obsessional Man

Mon, Feb 14th 2000

I know I suffer from varying degrees of OCD. Mainly checking stoves and locks. This manifests when I am under more stress. My question concerns my appetite for rocks, hair pulling, and picking at myself. The ingestion of rocks can be explained by a documented phosphorus deficiency and probably the lack of other minerals. I have never had any mental treatment and know that a Prozac or similar medication could provide relief, but I absolutely do not want to be on medication and I know that I probably would not seek treatment, since I never had. These behaviors are time consuming and life altering. Every day I try not to do these things and every day I fail. What can you suggest barring the two previous solutions. Thanks.

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