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  1. I have written mine geared to my own traditional Christian beliefs, but the subject matter need not be of a religious bent. Mist, fog ice snow and deadly virus threatening our land, But we are snug and warm inside, no worries will unfold. 'Cause we believe, we do not fear, our faith not built on sand But on the greatest story that time has ever told. It was cold that night in Bethlehem, so cold and so unfair That our new Lord should find his bed just solely made of straw. How fitting thou that one so selfless started off so low Yet rose to set the bar for Christians everywhere to soar. This year we have more threats to face since years many a score And need some comfort, hope and strength to take us through it all. That holy night in Bethlehem so many years before Can help us still to strengthen fight engage and not to fall. We distance must, though can confer, technology an aid Together still, though set apart, but things may get worse too. We're put in tiers, can fear, might fail, yet that leader saintly made Is guiding us, will succour us, and maybe pull us through.
  2. It's nice to hear Xmas music and see decorations. But what a strange festive period.

  3. I would think you would be wise to stay at home this year of all years. You can facetime or zoom them or whatever but why take any risks when it isn't necessary? Re them and safety in their home, you can only ask them to take reasonable Covid-19 safeguards. You can't enforce your OCD additional rules and compulsions on them, nor should they agree to them. Remember, OCD brings a high level of enhanced feelings of responsibility and threat, neither of which non-sufferers experience or deem necessary. Whether your folks decide to see your brother's family is up to them but it would be of course fine for you to raise any reasonable covid risk concerns. It's then theirs and your brother's decision.
  4. An important thing to bear in mind is that the depression in OCD tends to be secondary I. e. caused by the OCD itself. So unless the patient is going about tackling their OCD with CBT then, without some help, it may get out of control. So if the drug helps with that depression - as prozac does for my sister - then even if it doesn't directly help with intrusions it may ease the anxiety/depression and help the sufferer engage with therapy. When you consider contamination OCD, what's going on? The brain is seeing threat where others see very little - people who may well be very intelligent, not risk-takers. Teaching the brain that the threats it is throwing up aren't what they seem needs cognitive behavioural therapy including exposure and response prevention. In conclusion, my own personal take on the meds is that they may well help the sufferer to better engage with therapy. And there just might be a reduction in the intensity of the OCD, but for whom, and with what, is unknown.
  5. I have been taking 50mg Sertraline for almost a year. The medics wanted me to use 100 mg but I can't tolerate the side effect of diarrhoea. I tried prozac before, same problem. It hasn't had any effect on my intrusive thoughts. But it does work well as an antidepressant when my OCD is in remission and the thoughts are just occasional as the CBT I have had works well then. My psychiatrist was certain, from her experience,that the prozac would help with my intrusions, but I couldn't take it. Whether any one drug will help with intrusions, for any one person, is unfortunately something of a hit or miss thing. You don't have to wait for the NHS to start CBT .There are excellent self-help books available to take people through this. I did a workbook with my wife helping me. Check out the books on the main OCD website. Meanwhile, don't try and push away the thoughts or neutralise them, This makes them stronger.Try to reduce physical and mental rituals ( such as ruminating) as these too make the intrusions more powerful. Use a distraction, stand back from them, refocus away onto other things and keep working on this .
  6. More rain. Just what we needed.

    1. daja


      Nice weather. For ducks...

  7. Book signings are an easy way to meet celebs. A celeb is simply one of us who made good.When GBG's screenplay gets published she wil;l become one!
  8. Been exchanging mail with my sister in law in Sheffield. Had some fun setting up wireless printing for the new tablet, but it's a great piece of kit. Apparently Samsung's business is booming partly due to the dropped demand for China's Huawei products.
  9. Yeh. You have to be in our Costa on Sunday when it opens to get a seat. Later, no seats other than outside.
  10. He's trudging back, still struggling with looping thoughts. But he's reappearing and hopes to get more minutes on the pitch
  11. Pubs and restaurants going back to normal. Not wearing a face mask. Normal charity fundraising.
  12. Brilliant well done. I bought a Samsung galaxy tablet and love it. My required Windows 10 update on my laptop was a disaster, plus I have problems now with using the keyboard with my left hand. The tablet, and a stylus, are the solution.
  13. I am taking a little time out to remind myself of what pleases and soothes me. It's been a great summer for me with great support and care from my wife. Lots of successful fishing. Plenty of socially-distanced contact. Lost a little weight. Been happy.
  14. Just thought I would paste Wiki's definition of celebrity here: "A celebrity is a person who is wide recognised in a given society and commands a degree of public and media attention".
  15. I met Ashley, and Professor Paul Salkovskis, at the OCD-UK conference last year. Two wonderful celebs 😊 I have also met Carol Vorderman, Bill Pertwee, (book signings) and Dr Stephan Buszaski, the renowned TV botanist and plantsman. I met Michael Aspel and his then wife, many years ago. On one occasion, in the City of London, I walked out of our local pub to the office to find TV presenter and actor Tony Robinson on his mobile phone on the pavement outside, presumably intending to enter when he finished his call. He likes his pubs and was probably scheduled to meet people in ours. And, on another occasion, just across the road from there, outside Old Spitalfields Market, I nearly literally bumped into the wonderful TV presenter Clare Balding; we both managed to stop, smiled at each other, before continuing our journeys.
  16. The book itself is purely geared to stopping worrying per se, rather than the specific worries of OCD - which need the additional working through of CBT for OCD to address those. The techniques all have value, but things that especially resonated with me are : Putting a stop loss order on our worries. Living in daytime compartments. Not sawing sawdust - letting the past be, it's over we can't change it. Not letting the "beetles" get us down. Planning for, but not worrying about, the future. Taking a worry situation then calmly thinking of all possible solutions - however unlikely - rationally considering them. Choosing the best, Implimenting it and dismissing all anxiety about the outcome. For specific OCD issues, like magical thinking and thoughts that "I am a bad person" you need to tackle these with a CBT for OCD book. I like workbooks, as they give you exercises to do after the theory. You will find some excellent books on CBT for OCD in the bookshop on the main OCD-UK website.
  17. Storm Francis's winds  raging here in Northampton and UK - be careful everyone. 

  18. My rebate cheque from the tax office has arrived, and so I am donating the rebate - £57 - to our wonderful charity OCD-UK. 

    1. taurean


      Donation made :)


    2. OnlyAlex


      Very kind of you, Roy! 

  19. Thanks for sharing Tez. Henry's experience looks pretty typical of magical thinking OCD, and shows that if we truly believe what our therapist is telling us then we can start to unlock the OCD chains that bind us.
  20.  A £50 tax rebate coming so I will donate it to our wonderful charity OCD-UK. 


    1. daja


      Nice one Roy 🙂

  21. The football club I supported as a teenager, Coventry City, has just won - in the curtailed season - promotion to the Championship, despite having to play their home games this season at Birmingham City, quite a trek for the supporters.
  22. Here is how the city of Newcastle acquired its name. Having defeated Malcolm in Lothian in the autumn of 1080, Robert, son of William the conqueror, returned home via Monkchester where a wooden castle was built to fortify the area and ensure that its advantageous position as the main crossing point of the River Tyne remained under Norman control. The area was then called Novum Castellum, meaning ‘New Castle’ and a castle has remained on the site ever since. The stone Castle Keep which still remains today was built by Henry II between 1172-1177. The main gatehouse, known as the Black Gate, was built by Henry III between 1247-1250.
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