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Gemma7

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  1. Sorry to hear you had such a bad night Chelsie. It's really hard being anxious all the time. You need to start looking into ways to get on top of your problems because unfortunately the more compulsions you do the more days you will have like this.
  2. Again feels like a real threat. You have jumped to alot of conclusions, firstly you don't know it's mouse blood, secondly even if it is you don't know if the mouse is diseased, thirdly you don't know you have been put at risk from these diseases even if the mouse has one, fourthly who else goes to this level of cleanliness and if they don't why aren't people falling down with mouse diseases all over the place. That's the reasons it's not a real threat. On top of all that, if you clean more the precedent you set is beyond thinking about. Is every stain that might be mouse blood out and about worth avoiding because of potential risk, by that logic no one should go out ever because there's probably small animal blood all over the place. You see this is OCD and you need to take a chance the same chance anyone else would take that the blood whatever it may be is nothing to worry about.
  3. The anxiety you're experiencing is completely normal given all the compulsions and worrying you've been doing. Remember by buying into there being a threat by doing compulsions it's raised the feeling of threat, but it's just a feeling, you don't actually know there's a threat. Give yourself time, the anxiety will come down. And really try afterwards to look into how to tackle your OCD. You deserve to not have to worry about all this stuff
  4. Hi Chelsie You need to stop cleaning now. The most cleaning someone without ocd would do, would be to clean off any visible blood. They would assume that if it was blood from a mouse then if is unlikely to be of any real threat and leave it at that. Have you thought about looking into CBT again? Refreshing what you learnt the first time can be really helpful and a new therapist might help you get further than the last.
  5. It's Lynz's birthday today, happy birthday Lynz :happybday:

    1. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

      Happy birthday lynz!!

  6. Hi fearandloathing Sorry to hear that you're struggling. I think to feel better you need to look into challenging your OCD problems. You mention multiple times that over apologising, confessing, thinking about the relationship and time is making you feel worse and even causing more problems than they're trying to solve. These behaviours are compulsions that you need to try and stop. It's the compulsions that are increasing your doubt and increasing your focus on negatives. You mention you're seeing a counsellor. Are you doing CBT with them?
  7. What was weird was after that comment they focused on a woman with anxiety about flying and later a man with a physical disability, so it's not as if they aren't trying to do a good job. I don't know why OCD flies under the radar I know it's not that funny, but you've got to laugh over crying!
  8. An aircraft controller says 'Controllers are a nightmare to live with, honestly I feel so sorry for the other halves, we are all very similar people, you know we are OCD, most controllers have the tidiest most immaculate houses you'll ever think, we are control freaks.' Dear BBC editing team, Please just leave this on the cutting room floor, it's completely unnecessary chaff that's littered with inaccuracies spoiling a distinctly average programme. Yours sincerely An OCD sufferer
  9. Glad you're feeling more positive about things. You sound like you've made really good progress, well done! x
  10. Hi elsalauren It really depends on whether you're doing compulsions around these thoughts or not on how to deal with them. If a thought pops into your head about something embarrassing and you try to push it away, or block them from happening, or you try to work out if it actually happened then that would be like OCD compulsions and you would tackle these with CBT. If you have memories that you find embarrassing of things you've done, perhaps you fell over once in front of people for example, then the key is self-compassion. Making mistakes is being human but sometimes we treat ourselves like we should be superhuman. We can treat ourselves a lot worse than our friends and family too. Self-compassion is treating yourself how you might treat a best friend. If a best friend had made a mistake, what would you do? Would you forgive them, give them a hug, tell them that mistakes happen but you aren't defined by them? The key is to take that loving friend that you are and apply it to yourself, because sometimes we make mistakes, but we just need shown some love and kindness to get over them
  11. Hi Holly People worrying about certain numbers is common in OCD. Have you mentioned this problem to your therapist? Because they can help you challenge it alongside your other OCD problems. Worrying that some numbers are unlucky or bad in some way is called magical thinking. Avoidance of the number is a compulsion and makes it more likely that you'll feel the number is bad. Challenging this with CBT is the best way to not have it bother you anymore
  12. Hi Avo I think listening to the song as an exposure would be something to work towards. The reason being is that if you delete it I think for you it would be an avoidance. You want to get to a point where if it pops up on the radio or in a random playlist when you're out and about it's not something that triggers you. If you do controlled behavioural experiments with it that you get to plan out and predict how you'll feel etc. then after that you can choose freely if you want to listen to it generally or delete it.
  13. Try not to should yourself or assume any responsibility in this issue, it's just a song. Some people would carry on listening to it, others wouldn't, it's personal choice. Do you know if you want to listen to it again?
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