The Untold Secret

The other day I had the pleasure of helping someone I didn't know with their OCD. Did I know what I said would help? Nope, but I said what I thought might help anyways and left it up to the universe to see if it resonated at all.Today, I got the message from him that … Continue reading The Untold Secret

Almost Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month and although I know mental health/emotional health/mental wellbeing should be on the minds of everyone everyday of the year, I am also thrilled that there is a time dedicated to it solely. The only problem with one time dedicated to mental health awareness is that it keeps the stigma alive. … Continue reading Almost Mental Health Month

When the Ebbs Flow

5 years in and it still happens.Yup our moods can change. They ebb and flow and the ebbs flow and will always ebb again.I have accepted that my mood can dip without notice, and I just have to be patient. Part of the nature of mental health is that it happens. You wake up one … Continue reading When the Ebbs Flow

Root Cause

"Beneath every behavior there is a feeling. And beneath each feeling is a need. And when we meet that need rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause, not the symptom." I read that the other day and it was like "YES!" If you want to understand mental health, mental … Continue reading Root Cause

Remember: OCD is Anxiety

Remember, at the end of the day OCD is an anxiety disorder. What does that mean and why am I telling you this? Because we forget! We are so deep in the throughs of the feeling and the obsessing that we forget why we are feeling this, and that why is our way out. Anxiety … Continue reading Remember: OCD is Anxiety

Face the Anxiety

You have anxiety. We all do, I promise. I get it. Sometimes that anxiety is a bit worse and can manifest in an anxiety disorder if it takes too much of your energy and joy away from life. I get that too. I was diagnosed with OCD five years ago. OCD is a disorder of … Continue reading Face the Anxiety

Share Your Story

First opportunity to share my story and pay it forward. When you experience heartache and don’t know why until it’s too late, that can have a profound effect on your life. Relationship themed OCD plagued me when I fell in love and when it was too late. I had already pushed the one person away … Continue reading Share Your Story

Relationship OCD

Dealing with something that is so misunderstood can be difficult but learning about it after it crushes you is something totally different. I vowed to get better so this never happened again. I wish I knew then what I know, now but I remain grateful that I found the strength and motivation to get me … Continue reading Relationship OCD

Dealing with Diagnosis

When asked "What was your diagnosis and how did you handle the news?" I smiled. Despite the pain that it had caused me, I had a reason as to why I was acting, feeling, and reacting the way I was. I had struggled for years and falling in love brought all my struggles to their … Continue reading Dealing with Diagnosis

Fear of Better

How weird is it to say you feared feeling good? When you are stuck in the darkness it is so hard to see the light. I remember that I had gotten so deep into depression, OCD, and emotional pain that I had trouble thinking things would get better. There were slivers of light that brought … Continue reading Fear of Better