When I was 15 (10 years ago) I was diagnosed with OCD. I have never felt comfortable with the diagnosis as all my anxiety stems from smells and textures. As I learn more and more about SPD, I feel that I have found a "label" that fits me better. Are there any documented cases or stories of people being misdiagnosed with OCD when it really is SPD? Also, are any medications ever used to manage SPD? Thank you -- your site has been invaluable to me.
Documented cases? I bet there are! Unfortunately, I do not know how to put my hands on them. However, more importantly than that... I can assure you there will eventually (if not already) be people who visit this site, or are part of our SPD Adult SHARE
online support group that may indeed have similar stories to yours. Therefore, let's ask the visitors... Are there any adults out there reading this post who have also been diagnosed with OCD, but suspect, or found out, they have been misdiagnosed and really have SPD? Tell us your thoughts or story below (in the comment box).
Your second question... are there any medications used to treat SPD? There are no specific medications that manage SPD symptoms. At this point, the only successful treatment is through Occupational Therapy and companion programs that address the underlying reorganization and integration of the nervous system. We are still in the process of proving this definitively; that OT is the most effective therapy/treatment for SPD. But, even though we are still working on the official documentation based on case studies and research, I know hundreds/thousands of children and families (adults too) who will atest to the effectiveness of Sensory Integrative OT. (You will find some studies on the SPD Research
So... my opinion? Get an evaluation done by an Occupational Therapist and get yourself into treatment for SPD with that OT, if it is warranted. Need help finding one? Click here!
Also, know two books you, in particular, might be very interested in are:
I'm so glad you may have finally found the answer you are looking for! I'm sorry for the years of misdiagnosis. Know that you are not alone! Good luck finding an OT and getting yourself some help, now that you know what it REALLY might be!