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  1. The exposure work is great and an inspiration to us. But until you have the cognitive awareness to challenge the underlying core belief that is yelling threat at you I suppose that is all you can practically do. Have you any idea how long the wait might be for that therapy?
  2. Great stuff Ashley. OCD is one big exaggerator and liar, but sadly to the sufferer it may be so utterly convincing in some measure. And probably Nicola won't see any issue threat or concern with where her workstation is - but that's how this illness works.
  3. Hi Tez. I always use the statistics and the fact that it's not all about checking and contamination. There are common themes and subthemes, but OCD works the same way - exaggeration falsehood or revulsion. An OCD sufferer will focus onto, and obsess about, things that a non-sufferer can easily dismiss. And the behavioural response to obsessions by carrying out compulsions only makes things worse.
  4. The beard looks good too 😁 I imagine there is a problem with a chain of contamination linked in here, and maybe between locations. Keep up the good work on exposures.
  5. Learning then hard work  makes changes, new habits will keep them going. 

    1. Andrea


      Loving your status Roy, making positive changes can make the difference :57439eb60db27_thumbup:

  6. I find this spread of awareness really helps me cast off any stigma for having OCD. Here is how we can help others. And I no longer feel reticent talking about my OCD. Do I get adverse responses? Of course I do. I will engage with that person if reasoned debate seems possible - otherwise I just let it be and move on. My worst moments of awareness spreading. Two young doctors asking me the theme of my OCD. I was totally honest with them. They were shocked horrified worried uncertain how to deal. I told them a little bit more about why OCD thoughts are false, exaggerated or revulsive, and they seemed to trust me and that was good.
  7. Yes I am very happy with my own little contribution. And I am really pleased as to how OCD-UK's young ambassador programme is developing. Those kids will be powerful spreaders of awareness right into an area of especial need within their regular circle.
  8. Having read the journey you have been on since OCD effectively took over, it is a shame that this last area of contamination connections is proving so difficult - and I hope so much that you will find the cognitive and behavioural professional help to work through and render the thinking powering the problem benign. But what is happening here with your behavioural work on exposure Ashley is a real reminder to everyone that when we may be managing things well, if we let avoidance creep in then we are giving belief to what the OCD would say - and that will let it in again. We all need to keep exposure work maintained as part of our ongoing "homework" Keep going Ashley, you are so much an inspiration and, with the right help, you will overcome these remaining obstacles.
  9. Perhaps the Ralph Lauren one will get an outing in the Northampton during conference weekend
  10. Out and about in Northampton Town Centre today I realised just how close the conference hotel is to the bus centre, the Drapery Road with extra bus termini along it (buses and taxis only) the market place, the banks (in Drapery and Abington Street) , and the market square and Grosvenor shopping mall. And surrounding pubs restaurants and snack and coffee bars. For those coming to conference and staying for the weekend, there is loads to do around the town - and local environment - on Sunday. Including 3 literally just out of town shopping centres. The one just two minutes south of the St Peter's way roundabout on the southern inner ring road has amongst others a B & Q and a massive "The Range".
  11. Don't worry Ashley, I like my father went grey around your age, so why not reframe it as hereditary 😁
  12. For me the concept would be better if the electrode was inside a special cap, not invasively inserted. I would simply wear the cap for say sessions in the morning or evening with a box of gizmos say attached to my belt. Or maybe they could link via Bluetooth 😁
  13. I found this article online and at least it says a little more about the method and its results. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-03-deep-brain-significantly-ocd-symptoms.html
  14. I gave a short awareness talk to my pals around the bar in our local yesterday. This is the most detailed explanation I have ever given in public as to the nature and manifestation of my OCD. One of my pals is a former psychiatric nurse at two local mental hospitals. But I was very disappointed at his response, as instead of showing the distress and sympathy my delivery evoked, he attempted some humour - exactly the sort of thing we feel wrong and inappropriate. How did we deal with it - we ignored him I was very pleased with how my little talk went down. And the barmaid said she had 3 friends with OCD so would read some literature and I am hopeful they will find it stimulates them to get (more) help.
  15. I myself have more faith in common place additional practices on top of CBT. From my own experience CBT on its own may well not be enough, and medication is pretty hit and miss. Providing the sufferer has worked through the proper cognitive behavioural therapy for their issues, then I would have more faith, which my personal experience has shown to be beneficial, in a package teaching simple mindfulness techniques. Evidence proves that mindfulness practice can reduce the anxiety response. And modern mindfulness teaching combined with CBT for OCD suggests when we focus into mindfulness we switch to using a benign part of our brain, as opposed to the active part of the brain where obsessing and compulsing occurs. Again my personal experience of this has suggested this additional benefit is there - but I can't always manage to do it. However, I think that approach still has some way to go to satisfy such organisations as our own charity and NICE. But anyone can try it, it may work for them, and there is no invasive procedure. The process is all about believing we are "throwing a mental switch" into focusing in the mindful, not the active trying to solve - including obsessive compulsive - state.
  16. I don't understand how this procedure is supposed to work. If I knew that and a success rate after clinical trials then I might be able to form an opinion.
  17. The ongoing exposure work is necessary of course to lower the anxiety and prevent the compulsion to avoid taking hold. But as you surmise, the problem holding you back is the cognive reason being applied, through the OCD core belief, as to why that area of the floor continues to be considered bad. To a non-sufferer of this theme, it's just a piece of floor. The aim of the cognitive work would be for the meaning of that core belief to gradually fade away so the floor then becomes just a piece of floor. There is a latent theme of my OCD which is magical thinking (in my sister's OCD this is more to the fore). As a child aged around 8 we moved into my uncle's house, as he was working in London and sharing a small flat there. My bedroom was his former bedroom, furnished with his books and collectables. On top of the bookcase was a small framed picture of a man of classical origin. This picture scared me, it was "bad". I was scared of it, didn't like it. I could have tried to avoid it, removed it, turned it over. Amazingly I knew that wouldn't help. All I knew was logic and I knew that wasn't the answer. I had to take the "bad" out of that picture - had to be in that room with that picture without being consumed by thoughts of the picture. I didn't engage in what I now know as compulsions - try and find out who the man was etc. I decided it just needed to become "a picture" in my mind, same as for anyone else. I started to see it differently just as a picture. It started to slip into the background as I had challenged and removed the bad label from it. I stopped noticing it. It's the core belief being attributed to things that fuels the obsession, not the thing itself. When we defuse that core belief through the understanding element of CBT, we may then find ERP becomes successful. So yes, the seeding issue, the core belief why that area of the floor is deemed bad, is the problem fuelling the obsession.
  18. That particular bit of floor seems to be evoking a negative OCD core belief that focuses into it having bad connections. Was there a previous issue there that caused your OCD to label that especial spot as bad?
  19. Yep really pleased with the response from the community.
  20. All material now out for display around the area. Our doctors surgery has 22,000 patients and they have taken some. Also a local chemist has taken the remaining material. All good
  21. Am pleased to report I dropped some material into my lovely Boots at Sixfields this morning. Early this week I will go to the surgery. They display a lot of material there so I am hopeful they will support us.
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