Roll up, roll up... for one time only: OCD - Misconceptions and Trivialisation.

***This blog does not contain useful strategies for managing OCD or the recovery from it. It mainly deals with the misconceptions, and trivialisation, of the condition – a rather frustrating topic! So if you're not in the mood to read about it, please feel very free to skip it – I’ll get the next in my Relapse Series out as soon as possible!*** This will probably be the only time I’ll write about this subject for the website. I want my energies to go into talking about recovery and sharing strategies and hope, but there’s been a lot of discussion about this topic recently and because of that, I do want to refer to it. So here we go – ahem… What's going on? As those living with OCD, we can’t

The Relapse Series Pt 2: When the smallest of steps are the biggest of achievements!

Okay, here we are… the second blog in the relapse series. If you haven’t read the first one or could do with a reminder, you might want to give it a read as this post builds directly on top of it. My last post described how I created an individually-tailored blueprint which, since then, has been an invaluable tool to help me recognise the signs of having a set back, and what I can do to address the symptoms. I also mentioned how I try to use ‘well me’ to help ‘not-so-well-me’ and that’s exactly what I’ve done for the contents of this post too. So here we go! A big lesson I’ve learnt over the years is that no matter how hard I work at recovery, or how much of a priority I make it, I still get

The Relapse Series: Recognising the signs.

Here she is. My poor girl doing her best Gollum impression. Olivia's not doing too great at the moment and as a result, I've been having a few 'moments' too. I’ve already written a post about relapsing, but I thought seeing as I'm going through one, I'll rewrite it so I can show you exactly what it is I do when feeling the clutches of OCD, depression, anxiety - or in my usual case, all three combined. I hope that by doing this it allows you to see the process I use and consider how it might work for you too. I’m going to spread the main points over a series of shorter blogs, partly because I think it’ll be easier to read as it’ll break a lot of information into smaller bite-size chunks, and

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