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About taurean

  • Birthday 27/04/1950

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    Northampton, England
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    Olympics (especially London 2012),Athletics,Swimming,Photography, Astronomy, Archaeology, Antiques Programmes on TV,Art. Choral and Classical Music, Jazz, Fishing, Aerobic Exercise, Gardening, National Trust, Wildlife

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  1. I think, from reading others comments, we need to pick the time to respond. And in the situation Ashley experienced, probably not responding was best given the circumstances. It seems that for everyone we do educate in the real challenges and horrors of OCD, another one or more will pop up with these wrong stereotype views. There is so much work to be done, but I think the charity does so wonderfully well, and I do my own little bit locally, as do others in some form or another. There is a lot of press attention currently to the massive problem of care funding for seniors - especially those with dementia. But so many of OCD sufferers are so handicapped that they are unable to work, unable to get going in life for lack of hands on help. It would be nice to get the plight of debilitated OCD sufferers more into the media awareness and onto prime time TV. This will need more organisations and activists joining our charity in seeking to make this happen.
  2. Perhaps the easiest response is to suggest they check out the OCD-UK website to really understand the realities of suffering with OCD.
  3.  In denial of global warming/climate change? Just review the last two weeks in UK. 

  4. It's so hot I just feel I have to to go to the pub for a cooling pint! 

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    2. taurean


      I follow my urologist's advice and drink a lot of water and squash as it helps to keep the urinary system in good trim (I have kidney stones). 

      So I am just drinking rather more than normal. And boy does it slip down right now 💦 


    3. lostinme


      Oh yes, it's always best to keep well hydrated in this weather :yes: 

      I've just started drinking remix vimto squash and it's delicious :)

    4. taurean


      It's cooler but still clammy, but not having to drink so much. 

      It was just the right temperature down at "The Cobblers" football stadium 🏟 last night, and the location (it's recessed and surrounded by high grass borders) was magical, as the grass had just been cut and the smell was divine. 

      And, of course, I had to have a drop of sponsor Carlsberg's ale (they have a massive brewery in Northampton). 

  5. Thanks both. I am topping up my fishing skills, and we are finishing work on our gardens and getting out and about. I had forgotten how beautiful the Midlands countryside is, and there are pretty sand or grey stone villages (stone was quarried locally) with wonderful pubs and restaurants - all to be explored.
  6. Yes I think some time out for good behaviour is in order Julie was just saying that it won't be long until Autumn, and we are keen to get some small projects finished in our gardens, get out and see a little more of the town and environs, and there is lots of TV music and more meals out for us to enjoy, now she is feeling a lot better. Plus I want to get several more fishing trips in - there is another location near Leamington Spa for me to explore. In the autumn there will be the Northampton theatres to visit, as they are on the main entertainment circuit. Plus the town's football and rugby union clubs will be playing again. And more of the history of the town to explore - roman origins, quarrying, Castle, churches ironmaking, shoes - of course, and brewing - there is a major Carlsberg brewery here. Thanks for the kind words - I think it's a job well done for me, and time to hand over the baton for a while.
  7. I am pretty busy at the moment, which is great. And others are giving excellent advise to which I can't add. So I am easing off from the main OCD-UK discussion forums for a bit, though I will keep involved on the non-OCD members only area. Meanwhile everyone, remember - success can follow when we learn how OCD works and how to tackle it (C - cognitive side), put into practice what we learn by changing our thinking and behavioural responses (B - behavioural side) and gradually ease down and lose our OCD-caused anxiety, using CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). Keeping belief in, and connecting with, our obsessional thinking will only ever strengthen it, as to does the resultant carrying out of compulsions. But by changing our thinking, changing our behavioural response to our obsessions, we can change our lives. I am also looking forward to the forthcoming OCD-UK annual conference, which this year will be taking place in my new hometown of Northampton, and just a short bus ride from our retirement home. I will look forward to saying hello to any of my forum friends who are able to attend. All the best. Roy
  8.  Wimbledon, cricket World Cup final, British GP - gonna be a sporting couch potato! 

    1. Avo


      The Tennis and Cricket were both amazing events. I watched the cricket mainly as its rare to have access to it on terrestrial TV I flicked to the tennis in the closing stages. What a day for sport!

    2. taurean


      Can't remember a better all-round day, bearing in mind a fabulous British grand prix too. 

      Plus I love the Tour de France. 

  9. Hobbies are a great way to get valuable me-time and distract away from obsessional thinking. I have just a few I choose to make time for nowadays, and I am wary of making commitments I might regret, so these operate on an "if I want to and feel like it" basis, rather than commitments. So today we agreed I could go fishing again. And from the moment I began to pack the car, until the time I walked back in the door at home, I was taking time out from normal everyday life. When we throw ourselves wholeheartedly into distraction and me-time, we can leave the OCD world behind. And it's just brilliant. An added bonus - I caught lots of fish, and lots of sun (had to wear my sunscreen).
  10. Thought I would just mention that, although I spend some time on the forums, seeking to help others, most days, in between sign-ons I only think about mental health issues if I am helping a person face to face. Clearly this is a good place to have reached, and shows that we have the ability to do that, since I don't think I have any especial mental strength or ability.
  11. No I am only able to say what I think they contributed. And with SSRI meds, any one may not work, or work in some way, for different people. Though experienced healthcare professionals may have their favourites based on the perceived experience of their patients.
  12. Nicely put Triggers used to be everywhere for me. Now the inches are just occasional and I aim towards no imperial or metric measures
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