Rewritten from 17 March 2019 - formerly 2 Years On 17 March 2017, I had my final session of high-intensity CBT after previously being diagnosed with OCD. My OCD was largely contamination based, but I also experienced intrusive thoughts around harming others, as well as health-anxiety related compulsions (long story short, I had major health… Continue reading Six Years On: The Ups and Downs (but Mainly the Downs) of OCD Recovery
Category: OCD, Anxiety and Everything Else
Personal stories and experiences of my own mental health.
3 Lessons I’ve Learned in My OCD Recovery
March 2022 will mark five years since I was discharged from the mental health service after undergoing high-intensity CBT for OCD. A lot has changed in those five years - I’ve bought a house, I’ve changed jobs, I’ve gotten tattoos, I’ve spent two years living through a pandemic - you know, usual life stuff. I… Continue reading 3 Lessons I’ve Learned in My OCD Recovery
Lessons I’ve Learned From Having Contamination OCD
Today, I’m talking about the things I’ve learned since getting diagnosed with OCD. Of course, I realise now that I’ve suffered with OCD for way longer than I realised, but these are things that I’ve learned over the years since getting my diagnosis in 2016, and more importantly, since the start of the pandemic. I… Continue reading Lessons I’ve Learned From Having Contamination OCD
Things OCD Has Genuinely Made Me Think
Anyone who’s followed my blog for a while will know I have OCD, but for those who are new followers, here's a little back story. I have OCD. It’s largely based around contamination fears (obvs bags of fun being in a pandemic), but I also struggle with compulsive checking and intrusive thoughts. I believe my… Continue reading Things OCD Has Genuinely Made Me Think
What Is OCD? | OCD Awareness Week 2020
October is a big month mental health wise. Not only was last week World Mental Health Day, this week is OCD Awareness Week. Spoiler alert: I have OCD. To put it politely, it’s a complete and utter fucking ballache. I’ve written quite a few times now about how my brain works with contamination based OCD,… Continue reading What Is OCD? | OCD Awareness Week 2020
“We All Need OCD Now” – My Thoughts on This Week’s Wall Street Journal Article
I know, I’m supposed to be on my sort-of blogging break. However, when I read about a certain article published by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday (31st March), I had to come out of my box and address it. To be honest, I didn’t really want to taint my blog with this fantastic piece… Continue reading “We All Need OCD Now” – My Thoughts on This Week’s Wall Street Journal Article
Anxious Ramblings 4 | Contamination OCD and the Coronavirus Pandemic
I didn’t particularly want to write this post. I didn’t want to taint my blog by talking about the thing that everyone else is talking about. However, as this fucking wanker of a virus is slowly destroying my mental health, I think I need to speak. Of course I’m going to be talking about coronavirus… Continue reading Anxious Ramblings 4 | Contamination OCD and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Attempting to Be Eco Friendly When You Have OCD
I won’t lie, I feel as though my OCD is the sole reason why I don’t engage in as many environmentally friendly behaviours. Before anyone comes at me and tells me I’m using it as an excuse, I’d like to shut that right down and say that I’m trying. I wasn’t sure whether or not… Continue reading Attempting to Be Eco Friendly When You Have OCD
What’s It Like Living With OCD?
When I write about my OCD, I generally do it for one main reason: to raise awareness. I’ve been open about my mental health on my blog since the very beginning, and today I’m carrying on that tradition. Most information sources on OCD will tell you the typical signs and symptoms the sufferer will experience,… Continue reading What’s It Like Living With OCD?
An Open Letter to My OCD
For the last couple of years, I've shared this post every World Mental Health Day. I'm proud to say it's one of my most successful posts, so I've been revamping it every year. The events of 2020 and 2021 have certainly meant that my mental health has been affected (of course that’s been the case… Continue reading An Open Letter to My OCD