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  1. I havent been diagnosed but I am sure I have always had adhd. My parents always said that when i was younger I had ADHD traits and I feel like as an adult its turned into more racing thoughts and hyper/lack of concentration. I kind of feel like ocd and having extra racing thoughts can sometimes make be more anxious than usual however I dont have any experience with knowing for sure x
  2. Hi, I hope you are all doing okay. So for a few months I have had problems with my eyes (I wont go into detail) and obviously haven't really been able to address any of them with a professional becuz of the current sit. and it has caused me massive anxiety. I have now booked an eye test because it hasnt gone away and despite my want to just shut it out my mind, I knew I had to do it. Of course my ocd has been worrying and catastrophising terribly around this like having thoughts about all the worst possible things it could be but I knew that if I searched it online it would make me even more anxious. I am kinda ashamed because today I googled my problems and they were all linked to either older people or worse issues that could lead to loss of sight and (baring in mind that i am still young) to say that my thoughts are racing now is an understatement. I know I shouldn't have done it and I am kind of angry with myself for searching it but the urge was so strong. If anyone has any help or advice in dealing with uncertainty I would appreciate it greatly. I just feel like am extra anxious anyway recently and my ocd has definitely sky rocketed despite doing my best to not engage with it. Thank you x
  3. Hey, So I haven't posted on here for a while and i hope you are all safe and not too overwhelmed. Recently I just feel like everything, the whole situation happening at the moment has made my ocd so uncontrollable. I feel like everything is a trigger, and I can't do things to try and escape from it because adverts, social media the news etc... all spark my OCD more. I just feel like I can't even face these irrational thoughts because when I do someone tells me something factual that I should be genuinely worried about and it starts again. I'm also not happy where Im living at the minute and am trying to find accommodation somewhere else but living with a lot of people just makes me constantly anxious. Which adds to my mood: it's like a cycle. I guess I'm just all muddled up at the moment, im so unmotivated and just feeling hopeless. I just don't know how to get myself out of it. Thank you for any advice xxx
  4. Hiya, Okay so I will get straight to it because it sounds a little weird. I was listening to a podcast with Nadiya Hussain and she talked about using banana peel in cooking to reduce waste. The recipe was to fry in a pan with a little oil and a little onion and banana peel to create a pulled peel effect. So you can use old peel and use the edges in the fork to almost create thin strips like u word with pulled chicken or pork. And then add to the frying pan, add barbeque sauce until it all browned. You have to cook it for a while for it not to taste like banana anymore but it is actually delicious! Trust me it's a bit out there but it does taste good. Hope you are all good x
  5. Hi Ashley Thank you for your reply. It's an hour and a half walk to my college so not really 🤣...but my train is still packed full. I can just feel my anxiety going into havoc constantly but I'm praying that my college closes soon. If it doesnt I dont know what I will do as I physically can not stay in a small changing room with that many people. I have always had fears of contamination but it used to be like if I had a thought I wud try and block it out of my mind or tap items within my room, count numbers, avoid letters associated with them etc. which I all still struggle with. However within the last few years handwashing and cleaning has been an issue. This has skyrocketed over the last few weeks to the point where my hands are so dry and red. I also am trying to avoid touching my face, altho I have a problem with skin picking (I know its horrible) so am feeling extra stress. I work in a cafe, I dont have many hours over the next few weeks so it releases some pressure however I want to wear gloves when handling the cash, exchanging food items etc but dont want to have to explain why to my colleagues altho I suppose they will just think I'm being precautious! No I'm not currently getting any help, just trying to learn as much as I can about ocd and understand it as I have always tried to hide it my whole life and was beginning to feel like I cud talk about it more obviously before all this! All the best x
  6. Thank you Ashley for this post ... I understand where and why I shouldn't be panicking however I am so anxious becuz my college is doing a show in which is next week as part of our exam and still planning to go forward. I am worried becuz I have to go every day with a room full of people and we have to rehearse for hours all day and I still have to work in which I believe are not closing anytime soon. Working is the worst becuz I have to clean absolutely everything which massively triggers my ocd from fear of germs coming through the gloves and the fact that I have to handle cash. I find myself washing my hands every 5 minutes from where my fingers touch the coins or the tip of someone's hands but it still isn't enough. Furthermore I have to still use public transport which I struggle with doing anyway. I was trying to stop doing these compulsions but in the chaos it's literally impossible. It doesnt help when people in the media are all staying in there houses to avoid this situation but you ureself cant... I'm sorry if this sounds panicked but the anxiety is really getting to me and everything feels out of control even though I know we are all feeling a little on edge atm x
  7. Thank you for ure advice. You are right and I know that deep down. My mind feels against me I guess. Even if i try to convince myself that it was a rational decision, my mind always somewhere has to tell me...what if I'm not and I let this fear dictate my life and everything I do. Its like my brain is telling me I shud be punished but in trying to fight against it. But I agree with your comment, I know it makes sense to not do that to myself. X
  8. @Terriblethoughts thank you, I guess ure right and I try and tell myself this but I think I just have so much doubt and my ocd just makes it worse as I usually get compulsions around being a moral and good person. I will try my best to believe this! Thank You x
  9. Hey, I hope u all are having an amazing christmas! My christmas day was okay but all day I've had this guilt looming in the back of my mind that I cant shake like I am undeserved of specific things at christmas time becuz of something I did. I pushed someone out of my life a long time ago and I still get told it was the wrong decision but I felt it was the only way to be completely happy. I had leave other people behind in order to do this, that didnt deserve it in any way, and I have so much guilt thinking that I am a bad person and that I am ruining this person's life by not talking to them but at the same time I hated being in that situation. But over Christmas time it's got even worse and I feel like I have to question everything I do, thinking ... do I deserve this... or God will punish me becuz I shudnt be enjoying this. I am jumpy and anxious becuz I feel like everything is out to punish me becuz I am trying to move on but my ocd wont let me. In a way i know this is ocd, but also i feel like if i was a good person and doing this for all the right reasons, why would people, some good friends, question my decisions? I can tell they think I'm bad for doing this and I cant help but worry that I am a selfish person. People have even told me I'm selfish and it gets to me that people might actually be right. Sorry to be so negative, I am trying to be positive in this situation but I am struggling to get out of it. Thank you for all replies ❤ xxx
  10. Hi everyone, so atm I feel so guilty for a decision that I made a while ago and I really should give context but I'm scared and paranoid if someone sees it. so I will try and explain things in the best way possible. so basically I made the decision a few years ago to erase someone out of my life and I dont know if it was the right decision but I felt like I had to and that it was the only way to be happy and I wasnt then. I am still sort of getting messages that this person is struggling in there life but I feel like I cant go back becuz I am too scared and I just want to move on from the past. but i feel like I'm being really selfish but i physically cant and wont go back. making this decision has put massive changes and even my friends have questioned me doing this but none of them have actually been in or felt what it used to be like. but it really doesnt help I already feel this extreme guilt that I cant shake and they dont help. i had to go against what everyone was telling me was right and for that it makes me feel really guilty and listen to what they say really to heart. my ocd obviously has got worse as I now feel like I am going to get a punishment from God for being a bad person and that it will effect my future but i cant stop thinking it especially when other people have sed my decision is wrong. i was just asking if anyone has been through the similar situations and if so how did you go about dealing with it. I feel like I am trying to justify it inside my brain to the point it just eats me up inside I cant help doing it thank you all advice is so much appreciated x
  11. hi, so I suppose recently I have not been in the best of places. I am highly anxious all the time, getting panic attacks regularly but the worst of all is like I'm getting really bad guilt and it's all coming from real things that have happened so I know it's not all just in my head. one things that's happened is something bad happened to my dad who I dont speak to anymore. I cut off contact a while ago now bcuz he was horrible and I hated going there. I feel guilty bcuz he ended up in the hospital and cudve died but I did nothing. not even rang. bcuz I cant bring myself to. there are so many things that I have like blocked out completely from my memory and I cant go back to it again. but my friends told me that i was being unfair. my "friends". they didn't understand and they told me to put myself in his shoes. it's TRUE they know nothing of the situation but I cant help this guilt. its overwhelming...and I try to think...oh it's just OCD tricking me into thinking I'm a bad person but how can it be when people have told me I have done wrong and I felt no sadness? alongside this a few people last week told me I seemed aggressive and angry which makes me think even more that I am the problem and its eating me up. like I feel like God will punish me? is this ocd or just the truth? idk. has anyone else been in a situation similar and if so how did they overcome it??? thanks x
  12. ...i suppose your right. i am panicking. i have like no control over it or I don't know how to control it. i know I am being like this it's just hard to get out of it. Thank you x
  13. Right, sorry if this sounds really stupid and over dramatic. I just don't really know how to deal with it. Basically, at the minute someone in my house is ill and it's hard to not lock myself away in my room becuz these things really scare me. For as long as I have had ocd, illness was my main theme and if anyone even has so much as a small cold i physically cant go near them and i dont want to seem rude but i just cant do it. And unlike most intrusive thoughts, it's hard to stay completely clean and it's really making me panic. i can't walk around my house unless I like breathe with my jumper over my nose and i cant touch things such as doorknobs and light switches. im afraid to use the cutlery and glasses etc. becuz of the germs and stuff. i know it sound excessive but I can't get ill. like my ocd and anxiety is already really high atm and this has just blown it out of proportion. How do I go about this? i feel like im not ready to expose myself to these things yet. and I can't stay somewhere else so i feel as tho locking myself in my room is the only option but I don't know. sorry for ranting! Thanks x
  14. Thanks! Just read this and it really helped put some of the things I struggle with, into perspective!!!
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