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  1. Hi Firebladewill and welcome to the forum What you describe is pretty common for sufferers with your theme of worries. These reactions in your crotch come from an over focus on the area by sufferers because they really really don't want to feel anything there. The feelings don't mean anything however, and can be ignored along with the thoughts. Have you had any help for your OCD?
  2. Yeah you did, you did excellent Ashley, you should be really proud. You told OCD where to go. Keep up with the exposures on the floor and you'll feel fine with it in no time. A good approaching behaviour with the car would be to recreate what you're already choosing to live with, which is to touch it with an object, something you use every day. I mention it because you've had good success in the past with approaching behaviours, and they aren't mentioned enough and I've found them super helpful
  3. Hi KSW Sorry to hear that you're struggling. Have you gone to see your gp about your problems because that's probably where to start. Do you do compulsions? The good news is you don't have to suffer with these thoughts forever
  4. Hi Ironborn I think you need to apply some self-compassion to this situation. Lots of parents will experience this, some might admit it others won't, but you didn't like it either and regret it, that's it, it's done. Further punishment of yourself is completely unnecessary. Look after yourself so you can look after your son. Forgive yourself
  5. Hi harmocdgirl, welcome to the forum Clearly this is really bothering you, but like you've already been told I don't think you not getting a vaccination will have caused someone's death. This sounds like an OCD worry where you've connected two events that have happened at the same time, but it's just a coincidence. Are you getting any help for your OCD?
  6. Don't worry too much about your local IAPT, perhaps wait till you get there and see what they offer. If you have problems with accessing appropriate treatment get in touch with the charity via email. The email address is support@ocduk.org As for the gp thinking you're stupid, try not to let that worry you. The first time I saw a gp I just went in and said I think I have OCD. That gets them asking the correct questions normally If you're still concerned OCD-UK have also got a gp icebreaker that you could check out here, https://www.ocduk.org/gp-ice-breaker/
  7. Yeah that happens and completely understandable in the early stages of therapy. When you've gone through various behavioural experiments and challenged some of your beliefs you'll get better and better at dealing with triggers in the real world. I have contamination OCD too and understand how hard it is and it's probably particularly hard because of your profession. But try not to think too far ahead, you can only take one step at a time, and right now you seem to be going in the right direction OCD compulsions have kept me up, either because I've been cleaning or because I've been thinking over and over about what I'm worried about. The key with overcoming OCD is to learn what maintains the problem. So in Break free from OCD, they mention what is called the vicious flower. This is a good way to begin to understand the maintaining factors. If you have more questions don't hesitate to ask
  8. Hi Just me and welcome to the forum Does it get easier? Yes it does OCD is really hard to fight but it is possible. I have been highly restricted by OCD, I could barely live in my own home at one point, but I'm loads better with the help of CBT. How did you find Break free from OCD? Have you tried applying any of it? The same for your online course, have they allowed you to make any progress? Is there anything you're particularly struggling? Don't worry if the answer is no you haven't made progress, it can be hard on your own
  9. Hi Nhornby and welcome to the forum Well done for reaching out after 20 years. Have you looked into getting help for your OCD? The recommended therapy for OCD is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Your gp can refer you for CBT or you can self-refer in England to your local IAPT. I've had OCD for 21 years, but in the last 4 years I've made great progress and I'm sure that you can do the same I highly recommend the self-help book Break free from OCD, it's this that got me started with therapy. And if you have any questions please ask, there are lots of great people here who are happy to offer advice or their experiences
  10. Hi Lo_xxx and welcome to the forum I agree with others that what you describe sounds like OCD. Who are you having an assessment with? The best therapy for OCD is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Usually your gp can refer you for this or in England you can self-refer to your local IAPT. It doesn't matter that your worries keep changing, in fact they all fall under worries caused by an inflated sense of responsibility (very common in OCD sufferers), so aren't really different at all I highly recommend Break free from OCD while you wait for therapy, it's a self-help book that will get you familiar with CBT and hopefully help you learn more about OCD and how to start tackling it
  11. This is great Ashley Hope you're good at flat pack furniture! Really great posts and really brave of you to put something so personal out there for Awareness Week, you're an inspiration I empathise with the effort it takes to do all that washing. Not only is it mentally exhausting tracking it all as well as the distress, there's also the physical exhaustion of doing it. I do truly believe you will get there with this issue
  12. That's such a shame Ashley, I hate that you have to struggle Despite this seeming like a failure it really isn't. OCD is so hard to deal with and emotions are incredibly powerful. You got out and continued your success, well done x
  13. Hi Bmdrv I agree with Paradoxer, that what you describe does sound like OCD. Some people with OCD only do compulsions in their head, people can thought block (an avoidance of thoughts), neutralise thoughts (where they add words to a thought or change its meaning somehow), ruminate, they can check their memory, and they can think things on purpose at particular times. With intrusive thoughts too, people's experiences vary. Some might have words, like 'there is something wrong with (blank)' or they might have an unsettling feeling, or they might have 'what if' thoughts. Here is a definition given in a popular self-help book called Break free from OCD, 'Obsessions, also known as ‘intrusive thoughts’, are unwanted and unacceptable thoughts that seem to appear in your mind in an unbidden way. Obsessions can be thoughts in words but can also be images; urges, as if one wants to do something, or feelings of doubt.' Beliefs about being a bad person are incredibly common in the OCD community too so you're not alone there Did your doctor refer you for therapy while you were there?
  14. Well it would be unrealistic to expect you to be to stop all compulsions. But if you can manage to not do them great While you are waiting, look into self-help so you can begin to tackle the problem yourself, that way you won't feel so bad by the time therapy comes around
  15. It's always good to look again and even to try therapy again. It can be really hard when you get dragged back into the cycle to get out but you just need some structure through therapy to help get you back on track
  16. Hi Alex Firstly you do not sound disgusting at all. Secondly, have you had any therapy for your OCD? It sounds like you use compulsions to deal with emotions like guilt. You say the feelings of guilt won't go without the compulsions, but that isn't the case. It's always possible to let feelings go without doing any compulsions but you need help with how to approach doing that. You seem aware that compulsions only lead you to feel stressed in the end which is a great place to start with changing your behaviour. Have you looked into any self-help materials too like Break free from OCD?
  17. Well done Ashley! You've done amazing, you should be really proud of yourself. And hooray for Sue for getting that shot under the desk
  18. Love the photo, have you lost weight, you're looking really good. Might just be the kicking OCD's butt rubbing off on you
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