August 15, 2017

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 w...

August 1, 2017

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...

June 13, 2017

My absolute, number one priority for Taming Olivia is to help people living with OCD, and a huge part of that is getting the right information to the people who need it the most. I’ve been asked a lot recently about where I go for information, what has helped me the mo...

June 7, 2017

*This is only a mini-post, written in response to something that I can see happening on social media at the moment. It's a short but important one.*

UPDATE: Almost a year on from this post, I've learnt a bit more about this through my own growing experien...

May 25, 2017

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’ th...

May 12, 2017

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...

May 5, 2017

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...

April 27, 2017

* This is the first post I haven't edited... and then re-edited. It's quite a raw piece, I just sat and wrote it straight up and I'd like the writing to reflect that. Please forgive the odd grammatical error or repetition*

There was a time when my OCD raged so out...

April 20, 2017

***I’d just like to put in at the start of this piece that if you’d asked me to give my OCD a persona or form in the days before I’d gone through any treatment, I have done one of two things. I’d have either wandered away, muttering crossly under my breath about how yo...

April 7, 2017

I’ll have to do the introductions as she's not in the best of moods today...

This is Olivia! She came into being about a year ago, personifying a big, black void of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that, at times, threatened to swallow me whole. Olivia is: determine...

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