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  1. Renewed motivation after an excellent therapy session πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸ

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    2. Andrea


      That is amazing LollipopΒ :57439eb60db27_thumbup:

    3. Lucy1234
    4. gingerbreadgirl


      How are things hope you're still feeling positive? :)Β 

  2. Beyond exhausted by this right now

    1. Gemma7


      Keep fighting lollipop, you'll get there xx

    2. daja


      Feel better soon Lollipop.

    3. Lollipop


      Thank you... Jumping from one thing to another this week and it's awful!

  3. There is a slot coming on shortly after the 9pm news which is about misdiagnosis of mental illness which may be of interest to some πŸ‘πŸΌ
  4. Hi Kelly Well done on booking your holiday, from my own experience my advice would be don't set your expectations too high and enjoy the good moments. I've found a different situation can work wonders for some of these evening rituals. It will be important then to not engage with them when you get home again into the familiar surroundings. Make the decision to mix the routine around so it's not ritualistic. Follow the usual safe sleeping advice from your HV/NHS/Lullaby Trust that is enough and enjoy your time together
  5. Signing out for Christmas πŸŽ„

    1. gingerbreadgirl


      Have a merry Christmas Lollipop :)Β 

    2. Lollipop


      Thank you and you, enjoy what you can and take care of yourself. I am actually going now!

    3. daja


      Have a good one Lollipop

  6. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/13/holidays-ocd-stress-how-i-get-through
  7. Membership pack arrived in the post this morning... I was going to leave it a few days until it was 'safe' to open but I'm going to open it tonight and start breaking this thing down!Β 

    1. Gemma7


      That's brilliant Lollipop, enjoy your membership pack :)

  8. Sounds like you are doing great - well done! You are capable πŸ‘πŸ» Hope the meds are beneficial to you.
  9. Sorry I didn't reply to this on Saturday I'd calmed down a bit and didn't want to think about it! The situations you describe would cause me anxiety re contamination but different kinds of contamination. I try and watch what other people are doing in these situations, the problem is I just think they haven't noticed and aren't aware so that's why they are not reacting! I think I need to find out how people without contamination fears behave and react in situations. I hope you are doing okay this evening πŸ‘πŸ»
  10. Day 1... ERP therapyΒ 

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    2. Lollipop


      Thank you all for your support, I hope so! I varied my planned exposure slightly from what I'd agreed with my therapist and made it harder so proud of that. The very tip of the iceberg though! Now to do it again!Β 

    3. gingerbreadgirl


      Fantastic well done!! :)Β 

    4. Gemma7


      Well done lollipop :) Making it harder too, a brilliant start :thumbup:

  11. A similar afternoon here but with a different contamination fear ☹️ No advice but I one hundred percent empathise. One day I just want to not notice these things but I can't see how I will ever get there from here!
  12. Thank you so much, yes I would say it was an invaluable experience for me and my recovery. I am glad I found the courage to come and I even managed the two hour motorway drive there and back which feels like a huge achievement in itself for me as I can't literally can't remember the last time I drove on the motorway and I was so scared! Crazy when nearly twenty years ago having just passed my test I'd drive back and forth to university and now it's become a big deal. I did spot you by your profile picture but wasn't brave enough to say I recognised you from the forum! Next year I will! I agree it was good to see so many supporters of sufferers there and to see young people getting help, it must be such an encouragement to them too. Need to go through all my notes now! πŸ˜€
  13. It was absolutely brilliant! Seriously as conferences go you guys smashed it! Thank you for all the hard work that went into the day. I've got some more specific feedback so I'll drop the office an email in the next week or so. Left feeling very inspired with the message that yes recovery is possible but with the understanding that this is probably going to be a marathon and not a sprint and just some absolute truths to help me along the way. It really helped me to hear from the speakers first hand and I've gained much more knowledge about OCD and also how CBT will help me. Great day glad I found the courage to come!
  14. Following on from that I am fairly sure I have read in the introduction to one of the recommended books the same, reading about others obsessions and compulsions won't mean you will take them on board I have found it a positive experience reading and searching these forums, knowing that other people have similar or even identical thoughts.
  15. Sorry to hear that you are having a tough day. Can you access any NHS therapy? I have just purchased the beating OCD workbook (should be available from the OCD UK shop) and I think that will really help me as looked like some relatable examples for contamination stuff. Take care
  16. Not long now! Booked in and looking forward to kick starting my recovery journey!
  17. Keep going. You are doing great! Hope you get some sleep tonight and tomorrow is another day. I really appreciated the advice about what do you see other people doing, I will remember that one. I tell myself I'm highly observant and no-one else has noticed but whose to say this is true!
  18. Let us know how you manage tomorrow πŸ‘πŸ»
  19. Oh wow! Amazing! That sounds like freedom! Well done, I am so pleased for you. πŸ˜€ These are the exact sort of things which I can't imagine myself doing, which make leaving the house fraught, but which I used to do without a second thought.
  20. To be honest I don't think most people would have thought anything of it, but personally speaking yes it would bother me.
  21. What I've discovered from the forums is that pretty much all the fears I've had whilst suffering from this, other people have had too in some form.
  22. Thank you! That's a really helpful explanation.
  23. So is this an aspect of what's meant by 'cognitive work'? Thanks 😊
  24. This is a really insightful post thank you! Given me some things to think about too πŸ˜€
  25. We don't currently have a shopping delivery but I emphasise entirely and would have similar thoughts myself in your situation. However I will add this doesn't mean any concerns I have are valid, likely or what most people would think in this situation. But I appreciate how hard this is at the same time!
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