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
Tag: mental illness
A Mental Health Check In | Time to Talk Day 2021
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I always try and post for Time to Talk Day, an annual initiative run by Time to Change. Time to Change is a mental health campaign lead by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and aims to tackle mental health discrimination, while Time to… Continue reading A Mental Health Check In | Time to Talk Day 2021
The Therapy Diaries 7 | High Intensity CBT
It’s hard to believe I’m on part seven of my Therapy Diaries series. Take from that what you will - I’ve had A LOT of therapy. Anyway, at the present time, this is going to be the last in the series! During my last instalment, we actually rewound a few years and went back to… Continue reading The Therapy Diaries 7 | High Intensity CBT
Anxious Ramblings 6 | Contamination OCD & the Coronavirus Pandemic 3: Surely It Should Be Over By Now?
It’s been a while since I did an OCD-covid related check-in, so I thought with it being OCD Awareness Week this week, it would be an idea to post one. A lot has happened since my last OCD update - I’ve been getting out a lot more, I’ve seen a few more friends and fam,… Continue reading Anxious Ramblings 6 | Contamination OCD & the Coronavirus Pandemic 3: Surely It Should Be Over By Now?
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
The Therapy Diaries 5 | Long Waits and Too Many Assessments
After a bit of a break, The Therapy Diaries is back! While we’re coming up to my most recent brush with my local mental health service, I felt that I wanted to do a post around the journey that led up to it, as it was certainly a stressful one. Of course, my previous experience… Continue reading The Therapy Diaries 5 | Long Waits and Too Many Assessments
The Therapy Diaries 3 | EMDR
I’d like to start today’s post with a massive thank you - I’ve had so many lovely comments from you all on the Therapy Diaries series and it means so much that you’re enjoying it. At times it hasn’t been easy to write, but I’m hoping to raise awareness on the different types of therapies… Continue reading The Therapy Diaries 3 | EMDR
“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
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?