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Topic: From someone who suffered OCD and recovered

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  1. Petal22
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    I’m experienced in knowing what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is and how it feels to have this condition I suffered with this condition and now I’m recovered thanks to the correct treatment from health professionals.

    I want to share my experiences in how it feels to have OCD and to let you know there is HOPE that you can recover aswell if you are experiencing it..

    I was diagnosed with OCD by a psychiatrist…….. for me when I had OCD my intrusive thoughts seemed irrational but “ felt” very real……

    As an example of OCD and how the sufferer feels: you can be driving a car and pass a pedestrian….. your intrusive thought will say “ what if I ran that person over” a person with OCD will experience severe anxiety that will accompany this thought…. with many scenarios running through their mind the OCD sufferer gets fixed on these thoughts/ images……. the OCD sufferer feels the urge to turn around the car and go and check in actually fact to see if they did run the pedestrian over…… they go back and check the pedestrian isn’t there but they will still constantly worry about it and have severe anxiety over it … with many what if s running through their mind….. because the sufferer “feels” extreme anxiety over this scenario the feelings seem very real……..

    But to someone who doesn’t have OCD they will have the intrusive thought that they may run over the pedestrian….. but that’s we’re it stays as a thought and they forget about it…

    Some people with OCD may have intrusive thoughts to do something eg pick the correct coloured sock if they don’t they have the thoughts of “something bad will happen to someone they love if they don’t select the correct coloured sock” this thought is accompanied by extreme anxiety…….

    This condition is a very exhausting debilitating condition and it’s a very cruel disorder …. some people who suffer with this condition feel as though they are going crazy….. it’s a horrible disorder to have.

    OCD sufferers can feel “ stuck” scared, fearful and very exhausted.

    People with OCD perform compulsions to try to bring down the severity of their anxiety…. Eg seek reassurance, google search symptoms, check things over and over again…….ect

    Their anxiety comes down for a little while but it starts back up soon after because OCD is a vicious cycle.

    OCD is treatable..

    I will explain in my next thread

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    24 August 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal,

    My wife has very mild OCD. That's all I know about the topic. Rest assured there is many out there that have read this valuable post. This reply will take it back to the top and might result in more replies. Regards

    TonyWK

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  3. Petal22
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    24 August 2021 in reply to white knight

    Hi TonyWK,

    Thank you for your reply, I’m sorry that your wife has mild OCD if your wife ever wants treatment there is a effective treatment- Metacognitive therapy it worked for me.

    I actually wrote another thread about it …..Effective Treatment for OCD …. Metacognitive Therapy….

    Thanks TonyWK

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    24 August 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal22,

    I am so sorry to hear that you have been going through that. When I read your post I could see your honest- raw experiences with it. Although I don't suffer from OCD myself, the rumination associated with anxiety is definitely something I can relate to. It can feel as though you are a prison in your own mind! Once someone said to me 'If your thoughts can make you suffer, on the other hand if you change your thoughts could they potentially heal you?'. I was definitely curious about this even though it is definitely much easier said than done.

    I mainly wanted to post on your thread to say that you are not alone and I really hope that you find comfort and support here on the forums!

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  5. Petal22
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    24 August 2021 in reply to missep123

    Hi missep123,

    Thank you so much for your lovely reply!

    I have now recovered from OCD for 4 years going strong…. Thanks to the help I received from Health Professionals and the therapy I did. I actually wrote a part 2 of this thread it’s - Effective Treatment for OCD if you are interested in reading?

    Yes at the time of having Severe anxiety OCD I felt very much in the grips of this horrible cruel condition ….. I feel very grateful to have had the correct treatment so I could recover from it…

    So true you can be the prisoner of your own mind as I have experienced but from doing the metacognitive therapy I was given all the tools ( keys) to free myself…. It took perseverance to learn all the skills I was taught but I’ve now perfected them and I’m free of this condition…… I hope to give many others HOPE that are suffering with this condition that they too can be free of it with the correct help…..

    Thank you, I only wish I knew of these forums when I was in the grips of OCD I know all of the beautiful people in this community would have helped me ❤️😊🙏

  6. missep123
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    29 August 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal22!

    4 years! Wow! I think that is absolutely incredible. I know how much strength, bravery and perseverance you have needed. It is definitely not unnoticed! You should be very proud of yourself.

    Your experience is so valuable to help others, I am so glad that you are so open and are able to give insight to people who are suffering from the same.

    You are a great help to the forums!

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  7. Petal22
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    29 August 2021 in reply to missep123

    Thank you missep123 for you Kind words I really appreciate it 😊

    Yes it did take a lot of perseverance, strength, bravery and hard work….but it was so worth it!

    Being on the other side of OCD is just amazing I feel reborn again.

    Thank you yes, I feel I need to be as open as I can with my experience with OCD, I believe I have to be to help others………..

    I also believe I went through this condition and came out the other side so I could help others who are experiencing mental health..

    Thank you, I’m very grateful to be a part of the forums. 😊🙏

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    8 September 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal22,

    That is an incredible way to see your experience.

    It sounds like you have so much insight, self-awareness and have gone through a journey of growth.

    I like to see my life as a 'book' with chapters of learning :)

    It's great to have you here on the forums!

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    9 September 2021 in reply to missep123

    Hi missep123,

    Thank you 😊

    Yes you are so correct I have a lot of insight and my self growth has been huge….. my mental health journey has taught me a lot. It actually also taught me a lot about myself and I was made aware of the things I didn’t really like internally about myself and have now been able to work on those things and changed them….

    Having OCD started as a real life struggle for me it bought me to my knees but from my journey and the self growth and wisdom I obtained from it it has been an amazing journey ! I’m a new person and don’t regret having OCD because without it I wouldn’t be the stronger new version of myself I am today 😊

    “It’s a gift when you come to see your worst days as your best days. Your deepest scars as your greatest gifts.

    You can’t build muscle without having something to lift, it will strain and be painful. It won’t be easy.

    But if you don’t it could crush you. The day you find the strength to lift it, is the day you stop being pushed down by your past, and rise towards your true self.

    the problems are the gifts 🙏❤️

    Thank you missep 123, I believe our lives are like chapters aswell 😊 I can’t wait for the next one…. ❤️🙏🦋

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  10. Kat1234
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    12 September 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal22.

    Thank you for taking the time to post this.

    I've suffered from OCD (contamination OCD) for decades and agree that it's a cruel and debilitating illness. It's robbed me of so much of my life.

    I've tried - somewhat halfheartedly - over the years to get treatment and now, as an older person with so much of my life gone (but still a few good years left, I hope!) and no real excuses left not to focus on my own well-being (my child is an adult and I have no other family left) I really want to make an effort to beat OCD ...and take back the rest of my life.

    It's great to hear that you've succeeded in doing this...it gives me hope!

    I would love to hear from others who are battling/have battled OCD and I'm happy to share more of my own story...and hopefully my progress!

    Cheers,

    Kat1234

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    12 September 2021 in reply to Kat1234

    Hi Kat1234,

    Thank you for your post 😊 I’m glad you found my thread useful… and that it has given you hope…

    Im sorry that you suffer with OCD, it is a really cruel disorder to have I understand…

    Yes please seek the help you need so you can learn to stop OCD in its tracks! You really can learn to do this…. It takes perseverance and practice to learn the skills but once you do you will begin to fly….

    I did a group therapy in this group therapy I learned to master my OCD….. the therapy was metacognitive therapy… it was an intervention into the OCD……. This therapy changed my life…… I’m so grateful I was able to do this therapy….

    I have written another thread…. Effective treatment for OCD….. metacognitive therapy

    Please have a read of this 😊

    You are also welcome to start your own thread if you wish..”wanting to hear from others who are battling OCD”…. Others may post on this thread….

    Id love to hear your story and I’d love to hear about your progress…. Believe me you will have progress once you receive the correct help and the correct tools to help you to break free from the grips of OCD..

    Please ask me anything……

    im here to chat

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    15 October 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Petal

    thanks for starting this informative thread.

    As you know so many people will read your posts and will feel less alone, even though they won’t post.

    I have learnt from your posts.
    Thanks for your honesty .

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    15 October 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi quirkywords,

    Thank you for your kind words, I’m so glad you have learnt from my posts 😊

    I always aim to be as honest as I can about my mental health journey .

    I believe that the more honest I can be will enable others to have a deeper insight into OCD and hopefully it can help and encourage others who are going through a mental health condition that there is HOPE. ❤️🙏

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    25 October 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Hi Petal22,

    How have you felt speaking about your experience with OCD? I have seen your posts on other threads and I can definitely see how empathetic and encouraging you are!

    It's great to have you on the forum :)

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    25 October 2021 in reply to missep123

    Hi missep123,

    Thank you for your kind words 😊

    When I first started talking about OCD on the forums I was a little apprehensive I was a little worried that there may be triggers from other posts that may start up my OCD cycle.

    BUT then I realised that I have “healed” from OCD and I believe once you have had it to the extent that I had it, I can’t get it back. I was taught so many wonderful tools in my OCD therapy and I learned the exact things that hold me in my OCD cycle so if anything was to pop up again I know how to disengage from it. I now have a lot of tools in my toolbox and I’m very confident that I won’t relapse.

    I really like to be as honest as I can on the forums so that if other members are struggling with OCD or another condition they can have hope that with the correct treatment and with self work they CAN recover. If I CAN there is hope that others CAN.

    My ways of talking about OCD now on the forums come from a confident positive place. I have a knowing that I will be ok and that I can help others.

    I know that my knowledge of OCD will help other forum members with their mental health journey and they will find a way forward.

    One of my reasons for joining the forums is that I believe I went through OCD and recovered so I could come out the other side to help others who are going through mental health…… I can give them hope 🙏🦋

    Its true what they say .. once you go into a storm you come out of it a totally different version of your self….

    I feel reborn again and I believe I was meant to go through that storm so I could come out of it as a stronger version of myself so I could help others.

    I wouldn’t be who I am today without the storm of OCD and I don’t regret it because I feel I’m now my true self ❤️

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