Meet my nemesis... the baby gate.

Meet the baby gate… …it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill baby gate. Alright, so it’s got a crudely homemade (in East London we call this ‘edgy’) extension at one side that lets the cat through, but on the whole, what you see is what you get. To be fair, I’ve probably ‘seen’ this baby gate far more than the average person ‘sees’ their baby gate because, for me, it’s the very centre of my bedtime ritual. It is the epitome of all things ‘keep my little boy safe’. It is the last part of my exposure ladder/hierarchy and it is a very stubborn one to shift! Some interesting facts about the baby gate (this goes on a while, feel free to skip it and go straight on to the helpful bit): I've sat on the stairs

'Who am I again?' and other quips from the road to recovery.

I stared at my therapist agog. With my mouth slightly ajar and a look of confusion on my face, I scanned my brain for a suitable response. I simply couldn't find one. You might be wondering what is was she asked me. It wasn’t a difficult question about how my thought-challenging was coming along, nor was it a question asking me to describe how my exposure work had gone that week. She had simply asked me what it was I planned to do with my spare time now that OCD took up less of it. That. was. all. This was kindly followed with a prompt of ‘What do you enjoy doing?'. The prompt produced the same reaction. It took me such a long time to answer, that in the end my chain of thought, which let’s

10 of the most helpful lessons I've learned from living with OCD

I want to continue as I mean to go on with these blogs and talk about what helps the most. Let’s get as many people as possible talking about OCD, spreading awareness about the disorder, and realising just how much help there is out there for us, if we know how to look for it. Before I start, I want you to know straight off the bat something that it took me years to find out. I want you to know that there are lots of resources out there to help you. Whether you’re in the initial stages of getting help; some way through recovery; slap-bang in the middle of a relapse or just feeling overwhelmed by your symptoms, there will be something out there to support you and help you get better. If one s

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