Ten years, yup you heard that correctly, 10; 1-0 years until I was properly diagnosed with OCD. They say that is the average! THE AVERAGE! That is a horrible statistic! People should be shocked when you say 10 years, not nod and say "sounds about right." We must do better. We must have more professionals … Continue reading Ten Years to Wait
Imagine just imagine your brain telling you to break up with someone you love, I mean truly love. The one you want everything with and the one whom you have never experienced feelings like this before with...but your brain keeps saying "what if;" your brain keeps coming up with anxious thoughts that make you question … Continue reading What is the deal with Relationship OCD (ROCD)?
Regardless of if someone lives with an anxiety disorder or not, it doesn’t mean they can't and don’t benefit from skills and strategies of handling anxiety. It doesn't mean others don't suffer from anxious brains. It doesn't mean I cannot use what I have learned to help others. In fact, I always do! This morning a friend said, … Continue reading Allow Anxiety
For years I wasn't ready to open up, and honestly, I didn't want to. My heart had made up its mind and as much as I tried, I couldn't force it. Give it time, they say, and you will start to be open to the idea. When your heart is invested, it's not a light … Continue reading My Turn
I remember starting therapy over 2 years ago for severe anxiety and depression, but more specifically with a life-altering diagnosis of OCD. As she reviewed the physiology of OCD and the treatment plan with me, I sat there and asked, shocked at the possibility, "So what do I do and what will I think about … Continue reading On the other side of mental health
If things are meant to work out, something will make you hold on. Something will keep your gut speaking that language, your heart singing that tune, and your mind always coming back to the idea. You might not know the reason now, but something will show you the way. Could be tomorrow, could be next … Continue reading Just Be
How do you keep moving forward when you are not sure where you are going? How do you know if it is time to let go of something or trust yourself and ride out how you feel until something shifts? What's meant to be, will be.....do you believe that? I am having a hard time … Continue reading If only…
I used to speak so poorly about myself, both to others and to myself, not realizing how damaging it is. "I am broken." "No one will love my when they figure out what goes on in my head." "Don't even try, it won't work." "You think you have a lot to work on, please, I … Continue reading Be Gentle with Yourself
Sharing with you some of my most critical pieces of information I learned in therapy during my journey to mental health: Find a specialist. I put this as number 1 because it truly is the number 1 thing to do! I accredit all my success to my therapist now who knew how to tackle what I … Continue reading 10 Lessons Learned
When you have things you need to say, built up energy, or unresolved situations, where do you throw your energy? When you feel overly excited, full of emotion, and ready to go where do you direct your energy? Is it the gym? Shopping? Friends? Driving? Reading? Where does it go? Do you talk to people? … Continue reading Where Does Your Energy Go?