here is a great guest post from someone that shared their rOCD journey with me. There are a LOT of positive stories out there and this is one of them. What I really like about this story is that the rOCD sufferer is not looking to eliminate rOCD but rather learning to be happy with it! Many of you might ask if this is even possible (as it sounds like a contradiction) but from personal experience I can say confidently that it is – once we adopt a more mindful approach to it. So here it is:
I wanted to share my experience and say how thankful I am that I found your blog. I hope that what I am writing will also help others.
Firstly, in desperation I searched for what was going on with me…and there it was in black and white…rOCD! This is exactly what I was experiencing!!
I downloaded and read your book and it strengthened my belief in rOCD and gave me the strength to face it head on. Luckily I have an extremely supportive (incredible) boyfriend who was with me every step of the way and we began to tackle it and in less than 3 months I’m feeling again…Feeling love, feeling happy, feeling joy!! Yes I have weird thoughts sometimes but I deal with the, now, see below how I do it:
1. I found this blog and read the book
2. I booked an appointment with a psychiatrist. I’m lucky to have private medical care with my job this was easy to do once I admitted I needed it. You can go through your GP in UK and ask for a referral. It was a huge step and felt like I was sending a very strong message that I’m not putting up with this anymore.
3. My boyfriend and i started making light of it…we played around with the thoughts and made jokes about them, we took their power away from them, I guess we belittled them.
4. I saw the psychiatrist and poured my heart out. I know that certain experiences have lead to this rOCD manifesting itself, I’d done a lot of searching in my past to make sense of it so I told him everything.
5. He gave me mild dose of something to calm me down a little…it worked a treat with no side effects. Half a pill in morning and half at lunch time. This gave me the rational head I needed to start work on removing the gremlins!!
6. I then read The Chimp Paradox which broadened my self development and enabled me to understand where my thoughts come from. This might not work for everyone in the same way but is a great read and I recommend to anyone.
7. After less than 3 months I forgot to take my pills for a few days so I’m currently seeing how that goes…
Oh and upping my yoga and fun sports (tennis) was very important for me too!!
I’ll never rest on my laurels with this, I’ll always keep my tools by my side to deal with things if I need to in the future but right now I couldn’t be happier.