Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders

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OCD- No feeling

Dr. Schwartz, I'm 25 and found out two years ago that I've been OCD (to my knowledge) since my late teens. I have a lot of obsessions, almost no compulsions to balance, and for the longest time I shut myself away from everything. Flash forward. I'm on Lexapro, it works well, and I've managed to get most everything I had back. Except my ability to feel. I used to think it was a separate issue, but recently read somewhere that lack of emotion is a symptom of OCD as well. It's strange. I rarely smile or cry, and when I do, it's not for genuine reasons. I try to make myself love, but it's not the same when you do it because you think you should. I don't remember what it feels like (except in dreams) but I remember enough to know it felt good and something good is missing. Just your opinion... OCD related or not? My doctor has said that it's also a side effect of medication, but the disattachment is there regardless of if I'm on something or not. Are there recommended actions for this type of thing? I already know that trying to force it doesn't work. Thanks.

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