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I have been diagnosed with OCD for just about a year now. My tendencies are usually related to hair pulling and skin picking but lately I have begun inhaling things. Anything that smells really chemical will do. The most common are king-sized sharpies, clear nail varnish, and bleach-based cleaners. I don't know how to talk to my psychiatrist, I don't know if this is an addiction, and I feel horrible about myself. This is just as embarrassing if not more embarrassing than having to tell my physician that I pull my pubic hair to relieve my anxiety. It's an anxious compulsion and I feel better after I smell something deeply. The other day my mouth was watering so badly for the taste I even tasted some nail polish. I figured I wouldn't like it but I did and I really scared myself.

I'd love to hear from someone who has had a similar experience.

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I've had OCD for quite some time now and completely understand. I also sniff and occasionally eat mothballs. It used to be just sniffing but that wasn't enough so I started sucking on them. One day it broke it my mouth and I chewed it a little and just loved the feeling of it in my teeth and the taste/smell at the same time. I know I have to stop but I don't know how.

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I'm not a medical doctor myself, but please be aware that any outside substance use, especially including inhalants (which are actual poisons that were never meant to go through the bloodstream), may actually *worsen* symptoms of mental illness.

anxiouscompulsions - The pulling of one's hair may be a symptom of an impulse control disorder known as trichotillomania ("trich" for short).  It may be considered on a similar spectrum of the anxiety disorder, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).  Both disorders apparently tend to respond to cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt).  The cbt is supposed to deal with how one's thoughts affect behavior.  To receive cbt, the two kinds of therapists who administer that kind of treatment include either a clinical psychologist (PhD or PsyD) or a licensed-clinical social worker (LCSW).

Kimberly1976 - Please know that mothballs are actually insecticide (used to kill insects/bugs).  They're *not* supposed to be deliberately inhaled (and/or ingested).

Some people who have a craving for non-food items may have a mineral deficiency, such as iron deficiency anemia.  Please, however, do NOT start taking iron pills until after getting a blood test and the *doctor recommending* iron supplements.  If too much iron is in the blood, liver (the largest internal organ) or kidney damage may occur.

In the meantime, one may attend a free 12-step support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  One may attend an "open" AA meeting, if there is no drinking problem.  The only requirement is a desire to get sober.

Here is their website:

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have ocd, huffed for 9 years when i was 9, i'm 42 now and own my own business, huffing kills brain cells and you will end up homeless or psych ward. get a hold of me I can help. You're risk reward center of your brain needs stimulation, anti depressants, (very low dose) or opiate like medications like kratom or ritilan are the best.... get a hold of me , i can help
clay hughes
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