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OCD Tales

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

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

Seven Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned Since My Diagnosis | Time to Talk Day 2022

I’ve suffered with some form of anxiety my entire life. Emetophobia (the fear of vomit) hit me in my early childhood, gradually turning into a severe phobia of germs that, over time, destroyed my hands, my bank balance, a friendship, and worst of all, my personality. Eventually, I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)… Continue reading Seven Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned Since My Diagnosis | Time to Talk Day 2022

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OCD Tales

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

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OCD Tales

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

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health Update: I’ve Started CBT Again

Apologies for my lack of post last week, and also for my delay in the one before that. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and a lot has happened. I’m attempting to get my shit back together though - although, I think I’ve done pretty well considering I’ve stayed consistent with two posts a… Continue reading Mental Health Update: I’ve Started CBT Again

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

I’ve Started Running. Again.

In an attempt to combat my recently diagnosed depression (I’ll get to that in another post), I’ve started running again. For some reason, I couldn’t get back into my Blogilates workouts after we moved - I think in part it was also due to my IBS starting to flare up again - so I ended… Continue reading I’ve Started Running. Again.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

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

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

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

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?

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OCD Tales

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