A big part of getting better from ROCD is making a plan on how to get better (I will cover this in a later blog!). But before we start this recovery journey, we need to understand where we are. The reason why we need to do this is simple. It will help us decide the next steps to take. Not everyone is at the same stage in their ROCD journey to recovery. Speaking with many different ROCD sufferers, I realised that not everyone has the same level of understanding of the condition, how to tackle it and how to cope living with it.
Knowing where we are in our journey can sometimes be a very difficult thing to do as well. On my road to recovery from ROCD, there were some very distinguishable landmarks:
- Finding out about ROCD
- Figuring out if I had ROCD
- Accepting ROCD
- Committing to daily change
- Learn and develop better coping strategies
- Moving forward with courage and patience
- Accepting and embracing uncertainty
I guess a big part of ROCD sufferers are stuck in number 2. And the worst thing is that they do not even realise it. What we need to understand is that knowing that we do have ROCD is not the end of our journey but just the beginning. And we should treat it as such. Even if you do not have ROCD, most likely you are suffering from some sort of anxiety related condition that will need proper attention as well.
Can you see where you are on your ROCD journey?