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  1. I’m sorry, this approach won’t work. I know this for a fact because I’ve tried it, and and soon washing your hands 3 times becomes 6 becomes 9 becomes doing it until your hands are raw because for those of us with contamination ocd, no level of cleanliness will ever satisfy the anxiety, and soon this method becomes washing yourself in boiling water multiple times a day. I appreciate that you don’t feel that you do this too much, and that’s your choice, but coming to this forum and spreading ill advised advice to sick people isn’t fair. There is a way of dealing with ocd that works. CBT. it’s not speculation it’s fact. Aggressively messaging people on the forum that have been here much longer than you doesn’t seem the way to join a new community. As for people describing themselves as sufferers, I think it’s unwise to throw this in peoples faces, as some believe it’s not something you ever completely beat, but you continue to fight off. Please feel free to reply in a calm manner if there is anything I have said that you would like me to clarify.
  2. I am having the worst day I’ve had in a long time and I honestly thought I was better than this. I thought I was getting better, but I’ve just sat for most of the night crying and the intrusive thoughts won’t stop and I just want it all to go away and I’m not really sure what my point is other than I don’t want to be alone because this makes me really scared. It’s like I can’t breathe because of all the thoughts and I really just don’t know what to do anymore
  3. Does anyone know how to go about getting an official diagnosis, it’s always brought up by people ‘oh do you have a diagnosis’ but I wouldn’t even know where to start and what professional to talk to, all I’ve had is a gp think that it’s the case probably silly question but oh well vi
  4. Hi everyone, thanks for your replies I just hope no young person sees this video and thinks they should be grateful for the torment they have been burdened with I think all of these are so well put and maybe it is the way she feels but to be given such a large platform that spreads this much information and for it not to be checked just makes me reconsider ted talks really
  5. Here’s a link to the talk if you’re interested
  6. So I just watched a ted talk where the speaker describes ocd as ‘obsessive compulsive advantage’ and talks about how it makes her life better and quite honestly the talk made me uncomfortable. There were some good points about the disorder being trivialised and misunderstood at the beginning which I agreed with but the way she spoke about it like we should be grateful for what ocd does to us boggled my mind. Anyone have any thought on this ? Vi
  7. So I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks and because of this I feel it’s important for me this year to use awareness week to educate my friends and the people around me on what ocd actually is. It’s all well and good wearing a ribbon but if it doesn’t change people’s perception of ocd, what good is it really? Herein lies the problem - I have no clue how to start that conversation or how to engage people. Anyone got any ideas? Vi
  8. So have just been looking at the dates and every website seems to have a different week set out ahh! Not sure which one to pick and am probably overthinking it all but was hoping to introduce my friends to it this year
  9. All I’m saying is that the way some people respond makes some of us feel unwelcome
  10. I just wanted to say I and possibly others don’t use this forum as much as we could for fear of being judged because we are scared and can’t just push the feelings away. I get not wanting to encourage behaviours but surely there’s a more compassionate understanding way to do so? Just a thought
  11. Hi everyone honestly I have been feeling a lot better of late, trying not to listen when the ocd tells me I’m in danger, but I guess it’s just one of those days when it’s harder to fight it off. I’ve found myself stuck on some thing and am too embarrassed to talk to my boyfriend about it, so just sit and think about it over and over, google it, which always makes everything worse and really just can’t get it out of my head. Im not sure what I’m aiming for with this post other than to know other people get these bad days too and that it doesn’t detract from the progress I’ve made in the last few weeks vi
  12. I’m so tired of worrying about things other people wouldn’t even care about, I’m just so done with it and the stress and the hiding from life and feeling embarrassed, I just want it to stop, but I can’t make the thoughts go away or tell the difference between rational and ocd thoughts
  13. I do jewellery at uni and want to base one of my units on ocd, if you have any questions id be happy to answer them
  14. hi everyone, I'm hoping for uni to base a project on ocd, the real kind, and I wanted to ask if anyone would mind describing how ocd feels to them, any useful metaphors you have for describing it to people who have no experience with the disorder. the aim of the project would hopefully be to convey those feelings to people in a way they can understand, somewhat bridging the gap between us and them. hope this isn't too much to ask vi
  15. hi guys, I have been trying my best not to give in to compulsions but have found that quite often I am just replacing one compulsion with another. has anyone else found this? I'm relay trying to get better but it seems every step forward results in 2 steps back. one example of where I have found this is when trying to not ask for reassurance I go over things in my head obsessively. is one better than the other? vi
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