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  1. Yeah, I've watched the first three episodes on All4, so am halfway through now. I've got mostly positive feelings towards it so far. Like you, it's probably not something I'd watch if I didn't have OCD (it doesn't really tickle my funny bone... not really my kind of humour), but I think it'll really help to raise awareness of this form of OCD. I found some bits pretty cringe-y when she get's diagnosed with OCD - you'll probably see which bits I mean when you get there! But I also appreciate that they have to make it work as a drama and make things more dramatic than they often are! My main concern was that it would ramp up the 'comedy' aspect of the intrusive thoughts (we all know there's not much comedy in OCD) at the expense of getting across the real pain of the disorder, but I'm glad they seem to be showing the hardship of it. I think they could go deeper with showing her struggle, but will reserve judgement until I've watched the whole series... They've ultimately set out to do something which is really, really difficult - visualising someone's intrusive thoughts. The sexual theme probably makes the most sense, as this is something they can be creative with and can actually show on TV. A lot of the time, it does seems like she's having hallucinations rather than 'thoughts', but I can't really think of another way they could have done it. It got me thinking about how something like this would work as a radio play, making the intrusive thoughts auditory instead of having to show them visually. For me, Rose's book was more effective, but I'm glad they've made this series, and it's never a bad thing that more people will hear about OCD and the concept of intrusive thoughts.
  2. I've certainly had feelings of irreality too and thoughts like "what if everything's fake?", and I try to treat them like all my other intrusive thoughts - i.e. letting them go and getting on with my day. Obviously I'm not an expert, but your wording does sound like the usual kind of reaction to intrusive thoughts. OCD is always trying to challenge us with new kinds of intrusive thoughts and come up with new ways to make us feel anxious (hey, I bet you haven't thought about this one yet!), so I'd just try to treat them as you do the other types of thoughts.
  3. Yeah, am a big fan of OCD Stories... Stuart is doing some wonderful work for the OCD community.
  4. Hi TimeToStop, I've struggled with similar things to you over the years - I also have OCD and have had problems with excessive usage of internet porn and chatrooms. You've recognised it's a problem, and that's the first thing. It took me ages to recognise/accept that I have an addiction, as that's such a loaded word. My one piece of advice would be: don't tell yourself that you're going to stop doing this thing immediately. I used to try going 'cold turkey', and that never worked. It just makes the pull even stronger. Instead, I suggest taking it day by day. When you get the urge in the evening to go online, take a step back and think - do I really need to log on? Is there something else I could do instead that's not going to make me feel so sh*tty afterwards? Could I do some reading around OCD? Could I look after myself and get an early night? And if you do decide to do that, congratulate yourself and feel proud. You say you're in the habit of masturbating when you go online... so why not try to enjoy masturbating by yourself. I recognise that this in itself can become a habit, but it's healthier than going online for hours, and you might also find that the urge to go online diminishes afterwards. And if you do go on the chatrooms, don't beat yourself up. Recognise that this is a long journey. You're going to slip up - that's the nature of it. That's just part of being human. OCD is a terrible thing to deal with, and the only way to beat it is with a lot of self-love and compassion. I'm still on the journey myself, but this is the advice I'd give based on what I've experienced so far - hope it's helpful.
  5. A snippet from this doc on hoarding was shown at the OCD conf in Glasgow: https://vimeo.com/603058 Worth adding to the list I think!
  6. I think the best doc I've seen recently was the BBC Wales one by Ian Puleston-Davies. It's still on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08lq2qf/week-in-week-out-ocd-an-actors-tale The Irish doc OCD and Me was also very good, but I can only find the trailer on YouTube now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cljUOxES-9U
  7. This is amazing news... please keep us updated with progress!
  8. 2) I definitely find the mornings harder, especially if I've not slept well. It's that feeling of "argh, not another day of this again". But then as the day progresses, as I put into practice the CBT tricks I've learnt, things generally tend to ease off slightly.
  9. I thought people might like to know that Channel 4 have announced an adaptation of Rose Bretécher's book 'Pure'. Should be on TV sometime in 2018: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-commissions-brand-new-6-part-comedy-drama-pure It's one of the best books on OCD I've read, so it'll be really interesting to see how they've adapted it, and how they manage to represent the character's thought processes onscreen.
  10. Very helpful stuff, thank you!
  11. No direct discussion of OCD, but this radio documentary about mental health in the media is an interesting and thought-provoking listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08hl265
  12. I agree that 'Pure O' is something of a misnomer and can be misleading, but I do think we need a term for this 'flavour' of OCD. Without a term/label, it's harder for sufferers to find others going through the same thing, and it's less likely that people will have those "yes! that's me!" lightbulb moments as happened with me when I first read about 'Pure O'. What to call it though... that's a tricky one. How about IOCD (for 'internalised' or 'invisible' OCD)...?
  13. Hi all, I'm thinking about asking my GP next week about the possibility of starting on an SSRI medication for my OCD. I was just wondering what SSRI medications people have tried, and what dosage? I've read conflicting advice about dosage so thought I'd ask the people who know best! Thanks.
  14. Hi Cub, Sorry to hear you're going through a tough patch at the moment. Being unable to relax is something I get with my OCD - it feels like I should always be worrying about something - my brain just doesn't want to take a break. OCD is a terribly isolating condition. I remember going to the OCD conference last year, and up on the screen was something like... 'OCD can be a lonely place. Say hello to the person next to you, as they're probably going through a similar experience'. That moved me so much, as I think it was the first time I really realised how isolated I felt with my OCD. I wonder if there are any OCD support groups near where you live? That could be something to look into?
  15. Hi Paul, this sounds very much like Pure-O to me. You have unwanted intrusive thoughts (paedophilia is a really common OCD theme), you have anxiety - both classic symptoms. Pure-O is a misnomer really. Sufferers of Pure-O do have compulsions - they're just in our heads and invisible to others (and often ourselves). So one compulsion might be to avoid places where we fear our thoughts will be triggered, or to ruminate over any 'bad' thoughts, or to try to 'undo' a bad thought with a good one. These are all compulsions. OCD can morph between different types. Some people might wash their hands as a compulsion, while others carry out a compulsion in their mind. Compulsions can get internalised. I think you'll read lots of experiences and stories on this forum similar to your own.
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