I have a friend (really, just an acquaintance) who struggles with OCD, among many other things, but the OCD is really the worst thing, at present. She has been to drs, in fact goes to so many I don't know how she keeps them straight.
As she has talked to me, she confessed she has major OCD and it keeps her from functioning on a daily basis. She said it takes her 4-6 HOURS to get dressed for the day, b/c she has to look a certain way or she will not leave her house. She has a small sore on her lower lip, she had to remove all the makeup from it before I could even see it and she was sobbing and saying "I have to do my foundation many times over to cover this horrible thing". (I walk around with literally no makeup on most days, and so it is really hard for me to get in her mindset). It was a tiny scar from a chicken pox. Seriously. But to her, it's ruining her life.
She can't see a Dr. before 2 pm b/c it takes her so long to get ready. She is OCD about her appearance, but nothing else. Her home is a total wreck and she takes her mail (bills and all) and puts them in garbage bags.
She has been prescribed meds for the OCD but doesn't fill the scrips or take the meds b/c she says she can't afford them.
My ?? What programs are there for people who cannot afford their meds? I'm in Utah, and I have been doing a little searching for her, but I don't know what's been prescribed and so I can't hazard a guess as to what she's supposed to be on.
She is on disability, her husband wants to divorce her and will not pay for anything for her, so she is really up a creek. He recently lost his job, so they have no healthcare coverage (altho even when she DID, she didn't fill these meds).
I do NOT want to get dragged into her drama any more than I already have been. She has more issues and problems than anyone I know. She's exhausting and wearing out her aunt (my BFF). She's been begging her aunt to let her move in, and that will never happen. She's 54, not a child, and I guess has always had a lot of health issues. Her psych doc refuses to see her until she takes her meds, but she says she cannot afford them.
Her aunt is in her 70's and not really knowledgeable about ANY kind of meds, so she simply has her over to visit to get out of her toxic home environment once a week.
I must say that I take all she says with a huge grain of salt. But if I can help her somehow, to find her meds at reduced or even free, that may help her be able to settle down a little.
I'm being careful and not getting too involved with her. She's not my problem to 'fix' and so far, any 'advice' I have offered has been met with total resistance, so I just listen to her for a few hours and go home.
Hopefully someone out there will have a starting point to helping her.
Thanks in advance!