unfortunately, exercise only worsens the problem. It seems that exciting the body also excites the mind. Exercising when i feeling good, does help prevent
episodes, though. Also unfortunately there aren't any techniques that actually work for ocd, with the exception of meditation which results in thoughts becoming very 'transparent', if that makes sense. Normally thoughts are very solid and what-not, if I can meditate and reach a state where the thoughts more or less pass though and never touch my mind, that works.. but that's a very hard thing to do. (for me.)
I see a psychiatrist for help with medications, but honestly there isn't much they can do for OCD except manage the symptoms.. it's sort of frustration and depressing. I'm not sure if conversation therapy would be helpful, but im doubtful of it. To be honest, lately I've been pretty frustrated and angry with my condition, im sick of dealing with it.
Yantra yoga and bimala or agar-35 help with such rlung disorders.
I'm not very fit, so I think yoga's out of the question haha.. as for the medicines.. do they actually help?
I have in the past been prescribed both Zoloft and Xanax for these sorts of problems, but I found the side effects so bad I dropped them.
I agree about the side effects, I've had to yo-yo the dosage of my SSRI to get the best benefit / less side effects.. it's hard.
I think possibly you are avoiding the one thing that will help or may be an essential part of resolving this.
And that is some physical/energy based practise, like yoga, qigong or tai chi. Becasue, as you know, if you fight your mind with your mind you get in a terrible mess. And meditation is great when it works, but it is not so easy or so often that it works. So you need body and energy practise's that you can do as needed. They dont have dramatic effects, but the long term gradual effect can completely cure these things, or at least you become as OCD as everyone else. I think for many reasons they work, but mainly it reorders the energy of your body, and this changes how thoughts manifest. And they train your mind to be naturally present to a fuller range of experience, ie. if you are more aware of your sensual experience and body you are happy being present to this and it doesnt matter so much what kind of thoughts you have, also this gives you a continuous reality check so if you are present to what you are acutally seeing and hearing and feeling, then your mind doesn't make up stories about it etc.
You dont have to be fit to do these, you do these things to get fit in a gentle, intelligent way. There are many different types of yoga and teachers though, so find something gentle if you go that way, and find teachers that can adapt their teaching to each individual student. For qigong and tai chi see here www.energyarts.com
for an instructor near you.
So I would do all 3 together - See a tibetan/ayuvedic/chinese doctor and herbs/acupuncture, meditation, and yoga/qigong/tai chi. Herbs and acupuncture work really well if they are used as a support for making lifetyle changes like starting a qigong practise or changing your diet. They really are tried and tested ways to cure things like this.