This year has been a trip. When it began I was working at a new location while enrolled in a certificate program for the first time in a decade. I knew that I was going to have an increase in stress and symptoms but I felt like I have done so much exposure therapy that … More Progress is NOT Linear!
I’m pretty sure that I’ve had OCD for my entire life, but I didn’t have an obsessive thought that seemed irrational to me until I was 18. I remember it clearly. I was in the grocery store in my small town of Warrenton, OR and paused as I reached for the grapes in the produce … More Why my first tattoo is an important piece of my recovery
I used to have an Instagram account that went with this blog and someone commented on selfies that I took while running with the question, “How much should I run to get rid of intrusive thoughts?” I think this deserves its own post because I see it so frequently. People want to know how to … More “Good Vibes Only”
When it comes to OCD treatment, too often I read comments from sufferers that want to get a workbook and do it themselves. I can understand their reasoning. It’s hard to find specialists, treatment is expensive, and it’s hard to put yourself out there to a complete stranger. I also think the need to isolate … More Why You Should Work With A Therapist VS. Self-Directed ERP!
Something that has always been a barrier to my own fitness goals is having the motivation to do it. There are only so many hours in the day, and often by the time that I can put time into a workout, I am just not feeling it for one reason or another. I have often … More Getting Motivated For a Healthier Lifestyle
Even though it was less than a year ago that I started learning about OCD myself, I am still amazed at how many sufferers there are that have never heard of ERP. Every single day I read posts from sufferers that are looking for help (or reassurance) and they don’t even know the basics. I … More ERP!
I did not understand OCD until I understood that its main feature is doubt. This is OCD at its core and it should be explained before anything else, in my opinion. Once I understood that this disorder made me doubt everything, I was able to identify the many doubts that infiltrated all areas of my … More The Doubting Disease