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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4.  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. 

  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Nicely put Triggers used to be everywhere for me. Now the inches are just occasional and I aim towards no imperial or metric measures
  9. The real value of meds is how they can change sufferer’s lives, especially when therapy alone may not have been sufficient. In my own case, I could have written a book on CBT, I had had so much one-to-one private, specialist, treatment. However, to tackle the secondary depression of my own horrible OCD, and build some mental resilience, and overcome constantly-repeating intrusions, I needed to add an SSRI plus mindfulness to the treatment plan.
  10. OCD takes an "inch" and changes it into a "mile" . CBT examines that mile and, during therapy and the sufferer’s own hard work, turns the miles back into inches. The inch is seen as not important and is then easily dismissed. Gradually, the inches occur less frequently and when they do are calmly eased away.
  11. Thank you for posting this Dksea. It sums up exactly what I feel about this. And the evidence, as within my post above, is pretty convincing.
  12. SSRI drugs are pretty powerful and I looked up some research before I committed to taking one, so I was under no delusions as to what were the chances of them helping, if I were able to get through any initial side effects. I like Handy's compatriot Jeffrey Schwartz's take on this - he likens benefits from them as providing "water wings" to help keep the patient afloat and better able therefore to engage with therapy. This is what I sought - and exactly what I think I get - from Citalopram; and it, for me, made a big difference - and still keeps my moods nicely in the central zone between low and high. And I do think it has helped my resilience to getting "spooked" by intrusions, which in any case, thanks to CBT plus mindfulness, don't happen very often now - whereas at my worst, triggers seemed all around me.
  13. Bye Wren, I am so pleased you are doing well
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