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  1. I think that it’s certainly true that certain memories have strong feelings associated with them. They can be positive or negative. One therapist told me to envision positive memories if I was troubled by negative memories. I found that it worked. It is a technique recommended for people with depression where there is biased recall towards the negative. I was receiving therapy for OCD and depression at the time. But a fading memory of a strong memory is something that I have never experienced. I would not try to retrieve that memory that you are trying to do at the moment - let it rest for a while. Of course, what we remember and how we remember something is our interpretation of an event. Other people might have completely different memories or not remember it at all.
  2. Dr Claire Weekes

    I agree with Caramoole about seeing OCD as a ‘thing’ and all the associated metaphors. But metaphors in the early stages of a realisation that you have a condition can be useful and reassuring in the sense that it is a recognisable condition and treatable. But explanations of a person’s proneness to the condition is a wide open subject of debate.
  3. Hi Belanna. I taken the flu jab for some years as I have a medical condition for which it is recommended. And the peak of the flu period is seasonal in nature. Do you have an underlying medical condition? If you don’t it isn’t going to be a major problem. I didn’t know that it took three weeks for it to be effective and that it only covers three strains. Sound as if you have doing some research.
  4. Franklin12 is right. And it has been incorporated into OCD treatment. In the book ‘OCD for CBT’ the writers have incorporated the approach. If you know a good therapist who combines the two approaches let me know!
  5. OCD & WORK

    Hi Dubs. I find that talking through a problem helps. When I decided to take an early retirement/redundancy deal I talked about the pros and cons with trade union officials, friends, solicitor and a psychologist. I was fortunate because a deal was on offer. Have you explored your options - if you quit your profession what sort of income could you expect? Are you on medication? Are you receiving therapy at the moment? You do have certain legal rights for example ‘reasonable adjustment’ in the workplace. But enforcing your rights are different from having them. Is there anybody at work who could advise you on this? I would take as much confidential advice as possible. My instinct is because you say that you can largely control OCD is to try and address your OCD work problems through therapy. If you have the money go private then go to a recommended therapist if you feel urgency about making a decision. But don’t make a snap decision. It’s a huge decision. One last thought have to tried relaxation techniques? Some people find mindfulness techniques very useful. Stay strong.
  6. To counterbalance the thread what about a thread ‘what were the most helpful things your therapist said?’. I have had two excellent therapists. We need to have as a goal, a set of actions which constitutes good practice.
  7. I am helped in the process of easing my mental mental focus away from the negative thought or imagery by taking medication. Feelings can be moderated or perhaps changed or made more amenable to significant change by drugs. I choose only to take prescribed medication. I personally would initially try the technique whilst not driving as you are now driving competently despite anxiety. Why not experiment and see the result? In a sense I think we become scientists conducting behavioural experiments on ourselves. In my case by not repeatedly checking things.
  8. From a clinical psychologist ‘you had specialist treatment only six years years ago so I will give you a top up of three sessions.’ No assessment of my current state.
  9. Thanks for the reply. I think you are right as checking begets more checking. Came across a nice quote - ‘Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.’ Voltaire.
  10. Yesterday I bought a carbon monoxide alarm. I had been experiencing a headache and thought that I had better check my boiler. I installed batteries into the alarm. A green light pulsates every 30 seconds to signify operation. But I wonder if I had bought a faulty machine and I am tempted to buy another machine as a failsafe. I am worried about my health/life and that of my neighbours. Recently my sister and her husband plus two guests had carbon monoxide poisoning with two of them unconscious. My headache has gone and the boiler has operated for five hours today.
  11. Im feeling really scared

    Nobody can make that decision apart from you. You can go through the pros and cons of taking it with a doctor, therapist or whatever. But it remains your decision. You could make a list of the reasons to take it and the reasons not to take it. What would you include in your list?
  12. Im feeling really scared

    In the same way that you discovered Powher - Lambeth & Southwark Mind -Well Being Hub - Powher. You, your brother or your Mum could get some support for your Mum. There are a number of carer organisations in South East London. If one of you contact one of the organisations providing mutual support.
  13. I find it difficult to answer questions in the abstract without context. Do you mean that you have resisted a compulsion and find that the anxiety still exists at a high level after a prolonged time?
  14. Im feeling really scared

    I think that you might be building up the problems of having CBT. I found it a relief to have CBT specifically for OCD and depression. I found it relieved pressure. On another matter, why not find out the facts about your tenancy agreement. I doubt that you will be chucked out for a hospital visit especially if you keep on paying the rent.
  15. Guilt and shame

    There is a new book called CBT for OCD which contains a section on shame and how therapy can overcome these feelings. It is not a self help book but nonetheless provides valuable insights. I suffer from shame and find reading the book useful. I think that this form of anti shame therapy distinctly directed to OCD is a relatively new. The book is written by more or less the same people who wrote Break Free From OCD. People located at the specialist centres. I think that this approach would only be available by very specialist OCD therapists at the moment as it is new - it is an adaptation of well known techniques.