Speaking the Previously Unspeakable - Short Version

Hi everyone! My name’s Catherine, I’m thirty-seven, I live in London with my husband and my son, and I’ve lived with OCD for as long as I can remember. Since very early childhood, my condition has often morphed and shape-shifted, seemingly changing obsession as soon as I become skilled at managing my current one - it likes to keep me on my toes! Over the years it has also varied in severity and intensity with whole segments of my life being totally OCD free, to others where I’ve really struggled. Although I usually make my road to recovery the focus of my writing, I’m going to put the emphasis for this piece on my experiences with OCD - especially postnatal OCD -with a little extra thrown in

Speaking the Previously Unspeakable - Long Version

*** Okay, this is my brain dump post. I haven't done the final edit on it and I don't think I'm going to. It's here for anyone who needs a little extra information on my story or if you have any questions from reading my original post, this might answer them. It's not pretty at times but what I want you to take away is that I am well on the road to recovery and live a completely normal and happy life :-)*** So here we go.... Ahem... Hi, I’m Catherine. I live in East London with my husband and my awesome little boy William, who has just turned five… and, you also probably need to know that I’ve lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for as long as I can remember. As some of you may know alr

Radio-activ(ity)

Hi everyone! I know some people prefer to listen rather than read so I thought I'd drop this here - it covers both my experiences with OCD and my recovery. I'm shortly followed by Ashley Fulwood, CEO of OCD-UK, who is always brilliant to listen to. For both of our interviews click here. I'm in the 14:00 - 14.30 segment. You can find me about 6.5 mins in. Ashley is at the start of the 14:30 - 15:00 segment. My next Olivia post is ready to go so watch this space :-) Until then, best wishes... Catherine xx #interview #radio #intrusivethoughts #harm #perinatalocd #postpartumocd #postnatalocd #ocduk #AshleyFulwood #medication #recovery #cbt #erp #childhood

To medicate, or not to medicate? That is the question.

I get asked a lot about medication. If I take it, what I take, my reasons for starting it or not starting it. Choosing whether or not to take medication is a hugely personal decision and I’m very happy to write about my experiences here, but please don’t let this sway you one way or another. I’ve learnt the hard way that taking matters into your own hands where medication is concerned is not a good idea. So please make sure you talk to your medical professional about anything medication related. It’s so, so important. Alright, here we go… My Story Throughout my twenties, I was offered medication a few times for anxiety and depression, but I never took my prescription to the pharmacy. There w

The Disappearing Double Act Returns

Happy New Year everyone! It's been a really long time since I posted an Olivia blog and I just wanted to update everyone about why that is, and let you know that we'll both be back very, very soon. Despite it looking like I've had a nice long blogging holiday I have in fact been writing continuously throughout. These posts are all about to come out, in various places, around the same time so you'll probably go through a phase of seeing my bits and pieces all over the place... sorry about that! :-) So let me just explain the background of our little 'Olivia break'. In the middle of last year I wrote a post for the Secret Illness which talked about how creativity was helping me with recovery,

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