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Lollipop

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  1. When you've just joined the self isolating club.... All are well(ish) but following the advice

  2. Good point! Same here! I'm concerned about having to go out again.
  3. I'd say 15/16 and it's peaked and troughed since then but it's only within the past year I've realised it was always OCD but never recognised it. I'm 37 right now. Hey ho!
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/13/why-regular-handwashing-can-be-bad-advice-for-patients
  5. I totally relate to this! I have super clean taps, fridge door and front door handle but that's about it! So hard and everything takes so long, even a "simple" task like emptying the dishwasher. Have you had any CBT/ERP therapy or read any good books (eg Break free from OCD) that you could use to design some behavioural experiments? I should try this myself!
  6. I can empathise... Every time I speak to my parents it's the same. My dad appears to have health anxiety so this is not helping him either. I had to tell him to just stop the other day! And tomorrow I will be at work where it will be talked of again 🙄
  7. So that's what recovery feels like... celebrating a little win! Take that OCD 👊

    1. daja

      daja

      *likes*

    2. Andrea

      Andrea

      Brilliant! :clap:keep going Lollipop!:57439eb60db27_thumbup:

    3. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

      Yeahhhh well done lollipop!! :) 

  8. Thanks! So for me as I see it in day to day life my current focus is to aim to stick to the recommended guidelines of when to wash/sanitise hands (which is still restrictive compared to my usual routines!) and wash hands only once for twenty seconds or sanitise if out and about say on public transport or eating but not to start cleaning my hands every five minutes or when I've touched something someone else has touched (me yesterday at work 🤦‍♀️). Phew! Slightly amused to still be reducing drastically whilst presumably the advice is to increase when general public are washing their hands! Also not to avoid public places/going out unless that advice is given to us. And definitely not to keep reading the news and related articles umpteen times a day! I started this to not be avoiding it...now it's feeding my fear and I'm reading the add on stories and related comments and it's all about door handles and the like and completely unhelpful! Now I feel like I have some guidelines to work within and positive steps to take, not forgetting what I'm fighting for in the long term, thanks Ashley. 😁
  9. So helpful! Thank you so much for this! It's something I personally am really struggling with dealing with and am concerned about the set back it could cause to my recovery. So tricky! I assume it would be helpful to share this with my therapist?
  10. Sounds like you have it under control though and have recognised it so well done you! I am concerned it's going to set me back on my recovery journey. I was reading the articles as not reading them felt like avoidance but now I can't stop reading them and stupidly I read the comments on an article comparing hand sanitizer and hand washing and another about ten places it's lurking (to be fair some of that was useful and has made me less scared of coins!). I just want it to go away! I am also concerned that if I'm not reading them then that is negligent and ignoring the risks.
  11. That made me laugh out loud so thanks for that 🤣👍🏼
  12. So hard isn't it? I'm currently in therapy and getting so confused about what to do.
  13. When your OCD is contamination themed and it's seemingly impossible to find hand sanitiser in the shops 🤯

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    2. Andrea

      Andrea

      I know it can be confusing. In my case, I don't use hand sanitiser and nothing bad has happened. I also know that it is easier for me don't use it because my OCD is not about contamination. Keep in mind that OCD is a big fat liar and nothing bad is going to happen if you don't use hand sanitiser.

    3. Lollipop

      Lollipop

      Thank you 😊 

      I frequently try and remember my Gran lived to the grand old age of 90 with a bar of soap 🙄

    4. Andrea

      Andrea

      That is an excellent reminder Lollipop :57439eb60db27_thumbup:

  14. Renewed motivation after an excellent therapy session 😀👍🏼🌟

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    2. Andrea

      Andrea

      That is amazing Lollipop :57439eb60db27_thumbup:

    3. Lucy1234
    4. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

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

  15. Beyond exhausted by this right now

    1. Gemma7

      Gemma7

      Keep fighting lollipop, you'll get there xx

    2. daja

      daja

      Feel better soon Lollipop.

    3. Lollipop

      Lollipop

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

  16. 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 👍🏼
  17. 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
  18. Signing out for Christmas 🎄

    1. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

      Have a merry Christmas Lollipop :) 

    2. Lollipop

      Lollipop

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

    3. daja

      daja

      Have a good one Lollipop

  19. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/13/holidays-ocd-stress-how-i-get-through
  20. 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! 

    1. Gemma7

      Gemma7

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

  21. Sounds like you are doing great - well done! You are capable 👍🏻 Hope the meds are beneficial to you.
  22. 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 👍🏻
  23. Day 1... ERP therapy 

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    2. Lollipop

      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! 

    3. gingerbreadgirl

      gingerbreadgirl

      Fantastic well done!! :) 

    4. Gemma7

      Gemma7

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

  24. 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!
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