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  1. I would advocate you doing just that Phil. I feel (and I would, in the past, have included myself in this) that a lot of folk perceive admission to a psychiatric unit as entering some kind of oasis where all ills can be cured. Psyche wards are often scary and terribly tedious.
  2. Hi Phil. I do (and have always done) this. If I hear a banging new tune I have to give it multiple listens. It buoys my mood. So no harm to be done in my opinion.
  3. I strongly disagree. What helped me immeasurable in my recovery was to question outright whether there was any truth whatsoever to my themes. Once one establishes that it's OCD and there is no evidence, one can begin to work on addressing it as such. I have had relationships during which I have questioned whether I have loved my partner as much as the previous one. Sometimes it's simply been stinking thinking. Other times it's been valid. My point was (and remains) that there is little point in trying to treat an OCD thought if in actuality it's just a fact of life. This is purely my opinion, so please don't berate me for it. Thank you.
  4. Poor lady. I guess we're all just playing the hand we're dealt. I dig what you wrote (above) very much. In my opinion, counting our blessings is the single most effective weapon we have against mental illness. Good on you Miranda. ?
  5. Hi Nicolette. Purely to play devil's advocate, is it possible that you were more in love with your ex than you are with your current partner?
  6. Hi Miranda and welcome back(?). Developing psychosis was one of my greatest fears once upon a time. As with each of my 'themes', hearing about or meeting someone with a history of psychotic episodes was a trigger. Last year I volunteered for a month as a support worker at my local acute psychiatric hospital. I was surrounded by folk suffering from audio and visual hallucinations every day. I learned two valuable lessons: firstly, that psychosis isn't catching! And, secondly, aside from periodic outbursts, many of the fluidly psychotic patients were much happier than a lot of individuals I've encountered 'on the outside'. I'm not sure if this experience served as some manner of exposure therapy, or if it just demystified psychotic illness, but today the fear never enters my head.
  7. Hi efes Boredom is a formidable enemy. I'm in trouble left to my own devices. May I ask, what's preventing you from leading a fuller life? You don't need to tell me of course. I won't be offended!
  8. Thank you taurean. I shall remain vigilant to my compulsions turning 'ugly' again.
  9. Happy Saturday folks. The paving stones are well and truly cracking in the sunny north of England. It occurs to me that the compulsions that I'm now left with (and that don't particularly impact negatively upon my little world) all follow a theme of control. Personal hygiene, healthy eating, excercise and so on. I'm fortunate that (these days at least) my compulsions serve only to make me extra-specially clean and slim! Does OCD often follow a pattern of controlling behaviour? To reiterate, I'm not concerned as my life seems better for my various regimes. Just curious is all. Thank you my sun-soaked friends.
  10. Keep up the good work pal. ?
  11. Thank you very much Mike. Totally reciprocated.
  12. Such good advice. ?
  13. It's tricky Phil. Because the forum is largely anonymous (and, as such, details such as home addresses aren't in the public arena) when a member presents in apparent crisis, it's difficult not to feel powerless. It's not a case, for example, of raising one's concerns with a local crisis team. All we can do (I guess) is to suggest a visit to A&E should the compulsion to act upon self-harming thoughts become overwhelming. And, aside from that, listen and empathise where possible.
  14. The best advice I can offer you is to never ask questions beginning with 'what if?'. They invariably result in unhealthy thinking and heightened anxiety.
  15. You're very welcome.