One of the side effects of dopamine agonists, the kind of Parkinson’s medicine I’m on (Requip), is that they cause excessive gambling. Some people have lost their whole nest eggs before their families realized what was happening.
Well, I don’t gamble, as a matter of religious beliefs, so I don’t have to worry about that particular problem, but the underlying symptom is something I’m beginning to show signs of. Gambling in and of itself is not the real issue, but compulsive behavior, or OCD. It shows up in some Requip users as compulsive shopping, instead of gambling.
With me, I’m having a harder and harder time pulling myself away from the computer. Those of you who have come to know me online know just how much time I spend here, and would probably agree it’s too much, and you don’t know the half of it.
Now that I’ve admitted it out loud, so to speak, I’m going to have to discipline myself and put some limits on my computer time. I’m not sure exactly how to do that yet and still take care of our online business, my blogs, and the BLOG VILLAGE TopList, plus keep up with a few key sites I’m involved in, but I’m going to have to try. I know I check my email way too often, and check the forums too frequently, so that’s some place to start.
Have any of you dealt with OCD? Is this something I can do on my own, or do I need to let my doctor know I’m showing compulsive behaviour? I’d be interested in hearing what you have to say about this.