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  1. Hi Natasha How old is your brother? And what does he enjoy doing? OCD is HARD and requires work. I find that as a starting point, sleep, eating right, and seeing people you love like friends or family is a very good grounding. Then maybe trying to find a hobby? For me that's skateboarding which my mum resents of me! Hehe..only because I've had some terrible accidents. When I'm riding the board I feel free from my anxieties. Also I like types of escapism like reading or movies. Could you engage your brother with a cool movie? Or give him a jigsaw? Also relaxing. The very best of luck, and things dont last forever, always light at the end of the tunnel!
  2. Hi Saz. What I tell myself when things are tough is: 1 breath at a time 1 step at a time as I'm walking. I hope this helps. Might sound a bit simple but can really help, and you'll start to see a beacon of light. Andrew.
  3. I like this paragraph HeadWreck. It's what I was thinking recently. 'How long can this go on (ocd)?' 'Am I never going to just take the plunge and try a new approach entirely?' And then I thought 'What the hell?' Why not? Let's see the outcome, because what has been going on before has been a massive hindrance. And has NOT worked. So let's take some freakin risk! And enjoy life!! (By the way when I write 'Let's' its referring to just me, I don't know why but I always write like this in plural! :)). Have a nice day. Andrew
  4. I love Autumn too walking with the leaves having fallen in woodland or parkland. Woooowwww...!!! Happy birthday! And a hocus pocus sequel book? I never knew there was one. I loved the movie though! Remember it so well..! I think my dad took my bro and I to see it. And oddly enough I think even at that age there was something about the witches that I found attractive! Maybe one or two of them were good looking..cant remember though.. yeh job is cool. I already done a shift this morning, small shift of 6 to 10am. I find it quite exciting getting up so early for something..its like the airport charade! (when catching an early flight!) Where did you go to eat for your birthday?I haven't been out to eat in sooooo long! hopefully ill get there soon though with work and stuff. that's great to hear about C.A.B being a help for things. I really hope they can put my situation to bed pronto! I've read sooo much recently, and I've just started a Swedish noir book as well. As I wanted a break from King and Koontz. By the way, do you like Playstation? I may have asked you before. Reason being is I found the most amazing app. emulator for it. And you can download any playstation game you want for free from a ROM site. It's just quite nice for me as it brings me back so many fun memories! And the games are awesome and cost nothing. Full, proper games! on the phone! ;))) . I love going back to fun stuff which holds memories. How does your son feel about school? (2 weeks..) Is he excited? I'm sure you're an amazing support..Has he got friends going to the same school? Is it a big (size) school? I was quite fortunate that I went to a small school compared to the size of most others..but I do remember things being quite scary,..but exciting as well! And very hard work with home work etc..3 hours a night I can remember from day 1! It's when my ocd really started to flare up with turning pages back and forth back and forth checking the numbers were consecutive. It only came to full hilt though when I got to a levels. I bet you're quite excited for him as well? Anyway all the best, back to Swedish noir! Andrew
  5. Hey Wonderer. I just came on the Forum to see how you are, then I saw that you wrote this message! So Apol.s for late reply! Yeh my cold baths are delicious! I told my gp too, and she said I had the right idea that it drains all the Lactic Acid out Pronto! Also I read that it's good to help build resilience for stressful situations..maybe you try it?? ;)))) So you're right food for the muscles in a way...! News with me is I spoke to my gp about hiding the truth on the army registration form but she told me NO! Hehe..she is proper lovely, trust me. Cares unbelievably for me. So I didn't lie and told the military that I have been diagnosed in the past with OCD and that ruled me out completely so I then went back to my gp to appeal with her, but she told me no point. Anyway I got another job in Retail, small job, and it was a set of unbelievable proactive coincidences that got me it! Absolutely crazy by chance stuff! which I don't really want to go into right now. But I shaved my head for this weather, and start at the store next weeko ! Still got heavy horrendous problems with disgusting neighbours but have confronted on a number of times, even over my balcony a few days a go. Crazy stuff, my language is pretty stinging because I read a lot but it was nothing personal, all complete fact. Im pushing with Citizen Advice too to get it sorted . Thats a secret between you and me..! x Anyway enough about me, any thrilling news with you? Hows your son? How did he cope in the heat? Offf school now I suppose? I got no idea.. Symptoms In the balance? All the best, and quote me !;) as then I don't see, and I like you messages. Andrew x
  6. Have you tried exercise? Going for runs has helped me very much mentally. Also in this weather, the rain, is a lot of fun too! Maybe try it?
  7. Hey apologies. I've just seen above that I called you GBG. I hope you weren't offended, just a million and one things going on right now. How are you? Coping in this sensational heat? All the very best Andrew, and perfect time of year for a new bathroom! I've been having cold baths post running, luxurious ! No joke! 5,4,3,2,1...and IN! X
  8. Hey GBG How are you? Did you have a nice weekend? My goal is to cool the stress a bit this week and that comes from moderating the compulsions quite heavily. Just made a telephone appointment with gp, but told a complete lie to get the actual appointment. Basically I just want to go through the military medical questionnaire with her, as I can see some problems regarding mental health arising...I told the receptionist girl that I wanted to discuss cist on my face...Has to be done sometimes. Anyway more importantly how's things with you? I've started a new book now as finished my other one at weekend. I'm now reading Dolores Clairbone by Stephen King. Dolores is an Irish name? Andrew
  9. hey many thanks for a lovely message. I had to go to hospital yesterday, as I am having the same cist removed off my face again!! The doctor said do you want us to cut it off? And I was like well yeah but I am not happy because its grown again, I want more analysis done on it. So I got one more consultation before surgery. At least its not grown to the size of a football yet like last time! Anyway hopefully this will be my last scar, just two on my cheek! I kind of like the hard image! ;;;;)) . They are faint as it is. It's local anaesthetic too so quite unpleasant . The first time I had to have five anaesthetics to the side of my face. This time should be easier though as not grown to a bonkers size. Yeh neighbours are disgusting , trying to frighten me with peculiar sounds , and in the night, when I go to the loo. its nasty stuff but I'm trying to sort this out as well. It's like six against one, fairly tough stuff! Im so happy you got a lovely relaxing bathroom, my bathroom alright, it gets the job done! plus I can relax (fairly!) in it too...Showers are always nice but baths sometimes I take a cold one after running . its meant to destress you in the long term too due to a sudden release of lactic acid from the muscles. hard stuff! but I just say...1,..2...3...and in! ;))) Anyway I got a lot on my mind right now, it seems chocca blocked! so I hope this message makes sense and comes across ok. and military, oh yeh! all the best Gbg xx
  10. Serious ? didn't leave? wow, only because its your holiday. You should really embrace it this time. Where are you going on holiday? Can I guess? Spain? ;) Stressful just because of neighbours but I think they may be moving out soon...I pray! Oh it was just a prayer in Synagogue. It was actually an honour for them to ask me to do it. It felt great. Bathroom done, nice! I bet you're really enjoying it, and your kids.And I bet was totally worth the save, it's great to have a nice bathroom as that's where a lot of relaxation take place. I'm envious in a way! ;) Crazy thing I applied to the military this week! BUT and this is quite a BUT, OCD is a no no... therefore I have to speak to my doctor about it this week before going through forms they sent me. OK it all with her and what she thinks.
  11. Hi Wonderer how's your week been so far? Mine's been quite stressful to say the least. But security was good. They now put me at the most crucial point and I've become friendly with the ex-military guy. Plus I did something special for everyone inside the building. How are you? How's the bathroom? All done? Andrew
  12. Awww..very nice! I like the 'under the tree' bit! Did you get that idea from me? ;) Bathroom fitted, that sounds cool. Yeh and got security this weekend too, just about to confirm. Neighbours are a really annoying sticking point which I'm trying to rid at the moment. Life is tough I swear when you are on your own, but I believe I'm managing all situations very well. I'm experienced, in all these things, and been through much much worse. I bet you have a beautiful garden. Builders are annoying, I try and soften them up usually by giving them coffee and biscuits, you could try this..;) But yeh being in your property is a pain no doubt. Anyway all the best, take care, and keep enjoying the weather. I am Andrew x
  13. Hey how are you Wonderer? How's your week been? Mine's been good. I did security on Saturday, which I thought I handled very well. However I didn't go to group on Sunday night as I felt extremely tired, due to neighbourly disturbances.. I'm loving the outdoors at the moment. I went to the park in the evening last night..It was nice. Wore hardly anything but still felt cool! And people around..Really really pleasant, and I needed the walk.
  14. great forum headwreck! Your therapist sounds great . Good luck!
  15. It does feel peculiar (good way) + like a miracle sometimes . As what I thought was on my nose vanishes
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