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  1. Sure message me or if you call 0345 120 3778 and speak to Beth on the phone today or tomorrow.
  2. That's for feedback all. I will make the changes and stick with condition I think. If anybody would like to get involved by displaying the posters in their workplace, uni or school (with permission) then please send me your postal addy and I will send some posters out to you.
  3. Thanks guys. Is there any mileage in adding serious 'and debilitating' before mental health condition, or should we keep simple and leave as is?
  4. Thanks Caramoole, I would love to use 'most' but I fear even more people would object to that suggestion. I wanted to do a good, positive thing and boy it's become a real challenge.
  5. Hello again all, We need a little more feedback to help get the wording on a poster correct. For OCD Awareness Week, a designer kindly offered to help and created some posters for us in collaboration with a new mental health charity (The Shaw Mind Foundation). Below is one of three design's which we will have printed, and this one highlights the D in OCD means disorder. Yesterday I posted what I thought (hoped) would be a simple question to clarify the best wording for the middle line, which is best to describe OCD, a serious mental health condition (as shown) or mental health illness. A fair few comments followed, one of which was the suggestion to use mental health problem. Amongst the views I have had is that it's not an illness (that was technical from a professional), and that 'health problem' is not appropriate English. So what do you think? Which is the best wording we should use? The purpose of the poster is to raise awareness to an audience that might be an audience that misuse the OCD term, to help them understand that OCD is a serious?????????????????????? I need to make a decision by tomorrow to send them to print midweek. I don't want to get too caught up on semantics so unless a clear majority decision is reached I will go with condition, but thoughts welcomed to come to a decision the majority of us are comfortable with.
  6. Hi Megan, I think I understand what you are asking. You are worried that by relabelling a worry as OCD, you might be ignoring something that is a genuine issue that you should be worrying about. Is that more or less what you mean? If so I suspect a lot of people will worry on themes like that. I think with all aspects of OCD obsessions, fears and worries there is a risk, a genuine risk. But that genuine risk is miniscule, 0.01% or less of a risk, 1 in a million chance etc, but the problem is OCD often makes us think the reverse, that the risk is 99.9% likely to be a real risk that will happen. So yes, there is a real risk, but the likelihood of that is not sufficient to justify hours, weeks, months, years of compulsions. I think much of this comes down to what I mentioned in another thread where I wrote.. (forgive the copy and paste) In terms of what is going on with your OCD, at a guess the relabelling is no longer helping you, and I am guessing it's simply a neutralising compulsion. At some point you need to look at what the thoughts you're experiencing mean to you, and what your theory A and theory B is. By doing that, it may help you deal with them better and start being able to respond with something other than anxiety and dread. So with my OCD I no longer say 'it's just OCD' I tell myself the worst case scenario now, I confront OCD head on, i.e. 'I am dirty, I will get germs and die' or it might be 'I did leave the gas stove on and the place will burn down' or 'I am a knife murderer'.... thinking those thoughts does not make them real or mean I want them, I am learning to habitualise to the thoughts. Hopefully some of what I wrote there is about what you meant.
  7. I think I understand now. I am guessing what you describe to be 'enjoying' is the relief and sense of freedom almost we all get when completeing a compulsion. It's not freedom, it's just OCD lying to us that we have a bit of freedom for completing the compulsion. Anyway, I am away until Thursday evening so I may not get chance to check back in, but perhaps before then you can formerly ask your CMHT for CBT for your OCD treatment. If they refuse again, ask them to confirm in writing why not and explain this will be passed on to your advocate at OCD-UK. Let's get them to explain why they wont offer you CBT and we can look at that for you.
  8. Sorry just seen this, I commented on this in response to your other topic here. You have gone into a tad more detail here, so just to add to my other comment, distraction and being around people is helpful for better quality of life, but should not be considered any kind of OCD response or treatment. If that is your therapists only explanation for struggling with OCD then time for a new therapist.
  9. Hi Jampot, I know you're struggling, but to make it easier for people to follow the advice being offered it is best to stick to existing topics if it's the same subject, so I have merged your last two topics. First of all let me say it's great you went to see a therapist. I am not sure what this means that your brain is under stimulated, surely if you are busy then your brain will be over stimulated? Anyway, I guess what I am asking is how much does your therapist know about OCD? The above sounds like a lame response from the therapist, and even if true (most of us are burnt out, stressed, depressed or something) we still have to find a way to try and move on against the OCD. To do that, we need good people behind us offering us the right advice, which I guess brings me back to the question about the OCD knowledge of the therapist. Well at the risk of coming across cheeky, I am afraid if it is an OCD intrusive thought then by definition it will be upsetting, and/or disgusting. So this is again where I am afraid I come back to the same point, what did the therapist suggest you do in these circumstances? In terms of what is going on with your OCD, at a guess the relabelling is no longer helping you, and I am guessing it's simply a neutralising compulsion. At some point you need to look at what the thoughts you're experiencing mean to you, and what your theory A and theory B is. By doing that, it may help you deal with them better and start being able to respond with something other than anxiety and dread. Something to discuss when you next see this or a different therapist. Ashley.
  10. Ok that makes sense now, thanks for explaining Oceanblue. I have done a little work in Northern Ireland, so CBT should still be the main focus of treatment with OCD. Speak to your GP and if they still insist on something other than CBT let me know and I will seek advice for you. Ashley.
  11. Hi David, Why do you feel you need a home visit? Does your OCD/panic not allow you to see a Dr at the surgery? Of course, a Dr will only be referring you to your local therapist anyway, so hopefully they will refer you to your local IAPT service. Is it just OCD that you are having problems with? Ashley.
  12. Huge thanks to Gemma for helping me with this and assisting in creating the final wording. This is the current draft for the myth/busters and facts (I think, Gemma will correct me if we changed anything since this version). Seven OCD myth’s for OCD Awareness week. Myth: OCD is an enjoyable personality quirk Mythbuster: People with OCD feel like they HAVE to carry out a compulsion because of distress and anxiety, it is not a choice or a quirk. Myth: Having OCD can be a useful thing Mythbuster: OCD is a debilitating mental illness and prevents sufferers from living life as they choose, nothing about that is useful. Myth: Everybody has a bit of OCD Mythbuster: Only 1-2% of people have OCD but due to misrepresentation by the media it is regularly confused with people liking things a 'certain' way. Myth: It's ok to joke about OCD Mythbuster: There's nothing funny about the distress, anxiety or fear that OCD causes. Myth: OCD has no impact on quality of life Mythbuster: Anxiety or distress and interference with a person's normal routine is necessary for a diagnosis of OCD. (Hence, the D for Disorder in OCD) Myth: People with OCD wash their hands a lot Mythbuster: Compulsive hand washing is only a sub-type of OCD, there are many other less visible sub-types that cause great distress. Myth: OCD can't be cured Mythbuster: With good therapy people can and do recover from OCD to live happy and healthy lives. Seven OCD facts for OCD Awareness week. 1 - An estimated 1.2% of the UK population have OCD, that’s about 780,000 people (1.6% in the US). 2 - People who have OCD intrusive thoughts of a harmful nature are not dangerous. 3 - The World Health Organisation included OCD in the top ten most debilitating illnesses in terms of loss of income and quality of life. 4 - In addition to the sufferer, loved ones are often inadvertently involved in compulsive rituals, putting pressure and demands on their lives too. 5 - The average age for OCD onset is early twenties in women and late adolescence in men, but can affect children as young as 6 or 7. 6 - Without treatment, OCD can severely impact on a person's education, career and relationships. Statistically you’re more likely to be single and unemployed if you have OCD. 7 - OCD is no joking matter, the D in OCD means it is a disorder that causes great distress and disruption to a person's life. There is some question mark over this one, with some concern it suggests everyone with OCD will recover, when that may not be the case. I don't actually read it that way, but I can understand how some people might. So I don't want this one to be a bone of contention that takes away from the positive message it is trying to end the Awareness Week on.
  13. I think this is right Lynz, and I think this is perhaps important to understand before doing the exposure of watching the violent programmes. Watching them will create anxiety and we won't quite know why, which often leads to further avoidance. So doing the CBT and cognitive approach will make watching the programmes that create the anxiety easier to challenge.
  14. Hi Kieran, It's not my type of OCD but I am pretty sure I have read about people saying very similar on here (may be worth searching the forum, although not sure what keyword to suggest). But OCD can fixate on anything and everything so yes, that can be OCD related I would suggest. Are you getting any help or support for your OCD? Ashley
  15. Sorry Alex, you did ask the other day and I forgot to set you up on the arcade, sorry that was my fault.