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  1. You're warm... from the UK but yes a TMS company who sent it as a press release to a journalist (who happens to know me). Three guesses which TMS company.
  2. Based on the above press release... what do you all think about these comments? (Not written by me).
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49743315 Importantly, and I guess what we always say on here the article quotes a Dr. "It also shows that antidepressants are not the solution for everyone and reinforces the importance of combining them with other options, such as talking therapies and social prescribing."
  4. Our amazing @Charlotte Lottie is swimming the Serpentine for the charity tomorrow. If you have a couple of quid spare - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=1064316

    1. Gemma7


      Good luck to Charlotte :) What is the Serpentine? 

  5. Hello Lauren, Welcome back and congrats on the little one. Sorry you've been triggered, is that something you want to talk about?
  6. Because in my experience most mental health professionals are too cowardly to use the word when I have asked them, they all like to edge their bets with the language they use. I do think we have to be careful not to become too reliant on what scientific literature states and sometimes we have to listen to the real life stories and views of people with the condition. That's not to say we ignore scientific literature. It is all semantics, but the definition of cure is 'restoration of health', and I believe that is absolutely possible with OCD. If a person does not respond to the occasional intrusive thought with anxiety or compulsions, then technically that is not OCD...… call it improvement, recovery... or cure. A subject that Kirstie and myself will be presenting about at the conference in a couple of months, partly based on a ridiculously negative article emanating out of north America that Kirstie stumbled across. Hopefully one day you will be The concern I have with people accepting 'managing' their OCD (which is their choice, and sometimes what one person means by managing will differ to what another person means). But the problem is that I have seen it happen to so many people, myself included, we make huge improvements, amazing, so we think we are coping and managing our OCD and then slowly, but surely, it starts to creep away and taking more and more of our life away from us again so eventually we end up close to where we were months or years previously. My own view is that recovery from OCD is a two-step process. Step one is understanding and learning to manage our OCD to prevent further impact and start to grab our life back from OCD. I find many people pauce at this stage. They may mainting their gains for a long time, which is amazing, but as above I beleive it leaves them open to relapse. Step two is then to work to completely eradicate the OCD, bit by bit. Just my opinion and I accept not everybody agrees.
  7. Hello Lisa. I am so sorry that you're having such a difficult time right now and none of it is your own making. I am sorry. I just want to say that regardless of OCD or not, this behaviour is not acceptable and not typical behaviour of someone with OCD for that matter. Yes OCD causes arguments, but not to threaten physical harm, I rarely see that in adults. No excuses, even the threat is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. This is again not striking me to be OCD behaviour at all, or a consequence of OCD. It might be, but I am not immediately seeing it. What am seeing is someone using a kind of emotional guilt/blame and that's not acceptable either. It might be contributing (although I can't see it), but it's still not an excuse for such aggressive behaviour. I don't really have a suggestion for what you should do, although I suspect others will suggest the action I might tempted to agree with.
  8. Thank you everyone for your comments, and you're all right. I just need to think and ponder on all your comments for a few days, but thank you all for taking the time to reply.
  9. The submission was made last week, thank you for all your comments. Happy for the this thread to continue off subject, and thank you for showing each other such respect in how you're doing that.
  10. Ok, I can see how the news triggered you, but, was this something you were deeply worried about being HIV positive before you saw the news item?
  11. So here's the thing... a few months ago I did a good thing, a nice deed, which OCD wise backfired on me and as subsequently left me feeling that part of my office floor is contaminated. It isn't, I know that, but the OCD part of my brain is convincing me it is. I now need to move things around and put a new desk and chair for a new employee in there and I am struggling with that 'thought'. Back story Years ago, maybe 5 now when I lived in Sussex I met someone I had been seeing on and off one evening and things got a little naughty back at hers, a bit of fun. But because that's all it ever was with her, in my mind I think I have turned this into something dirty and seedy. Anyway, as I was driving home I placed my keys I think on the passenger side footwell because my OCD was making me feel my hands were dirty and I had touched the keys so that was the 'safe' space for them... you know how OCD works.. not logical. Next day keys cleaned, steering wheel cleaned, job done. Fast forward 5 years and somehow, I think because I have now dealt with all my other OCD problems, this one as mushroomed and this is the only real containment fear I have. So that passenger floor well is contaminated in my mind. Now Back to the present day. A few months ago a lovely older lady from my Derby support group wanted to come and see our new Belper office. She doesn't drive, so I offered to meet her at Belper bus station and bring her to the office. When she got in my car.. argh she placed her handbag on the floor well (sods law, although perfectly normal thing to do). She then came into the office and placed the bag on the floor next to the comfy chairs (which I am now having to remove for the new employee). So that bit of floor as been cross contaminated (from 5 years ago) for about the last 3 months, despite the fact it's been mopped a couple of times since then. The really stupid thing is, about two years ago my then girlfriend back here in Derbyshire placed some fish and chips on the floor well, but that didn't really bother me (a little anxiety) but I was absolutely fine bringing them into my house and placing on kitchen top and sofa. What next I know I need to place the palm of my hand on that bit of floor and not wash my hands. But there's one big problem and one big question..... I don't feel I can do it without then cross contaminating other things... and secondly the question... 'how'????? Answers on a postcard, a big sloppy kiss or bar of chocolate for the wining answer.
  12. Ashley

    Cure my OCD

    There were quite a few comments wasn't there. I am not sure the general public know what OCD really is, but I am not sure people would consider it a disease either. 3 from 53 commentes refer to it as a disease. The one you refer to Felix is unusual number of likes. Most others at that time got less than a dozen. I was surprise to see some of the others getting 100-200 likes. Unusual for an article about OCD? Perhaps a coincidence the language used in the comments, but the BBC film was poorly put together, and now a Daily Mail article from it. I read in Smart TMS email to me they recommend patients have a course of 10 sessions, costing £2500. Big money, so you can understand why promoting TMS is worth it if you have a lot invested.... and yes I am cynical
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