The main purpose of this platform is to let people know they're not alone. Whether you want to YAC AT US about it or use solutions and resources from here or other platforms we support you 100%. We do want to get you started though and share some of the tools we use as well as other resources available.
Hopefully, you've had the chance to read my personal blog post, How Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Affects Me. You would've likely learned some personal details about how my brain really operates, whether you were able to empathize, understand, or just connect I really appreciate it! Because the understanding of OCD is very new to me, I haven't developed many skills or tools to work with it or through it. That being said, I still have a few ways to get through the OCD moments that appear in my daily life + attempt to turn this potential negatives into positives in my life.
One thing I think has been a real breakthrough recently is actually learning more about this mental illness. As many of the ins and outs, I can get my hands on. It helps me look at the behaviours and thoughts I have in a completely new perspective and with that, I've tried to become more patient and understanding with myself. I think this is true of any mental illness, discovering your triggers and how they affect you whether it's negative or positive. Once you start to understand why certain things happen it becomes a lot easier to manage. Because you start viewing them as a separate piece to the puzzle, it becomes easier and easier to rewire your brain to use this obsessions and compulsions to your advantage- within reason. I remember writing the How OCD Affects Me blog and thinking this is so silly, people try and try and try to develop some of these characteristics- likely not on a similar level- but people struggle with losing things, being disorganized etc while we struggle with obsessing over it TOO much. Channeling these behaviours begins when you start to understand and notice them.
Speaking of understanding - it's obviously amazing if you can even get a grip on who YOU are. But for someone who has never experienced OCD before it can be rather confusing or frustrating. In an attempt to grow relationships I feel being as open as possible has been beneficial. It helps to heal and again helps them to understand. Send them a few links on OCD (like this one!!), give them a specific example. Allow questions to be asked if you feel comfortable. It can be just as confusing of a time for you, so having that open support system is highly encouraged. We're always willing to be that for you too, just YAC AT US!!
The reason I'm being so general about remedy is like I said earlier, this is still very new to me, I also find OCD is an extremely broad illness. You're not always coping with the same symptoms, they change over time and may not always be constantly affecting you. Most of all, give yourself time, allow yourself to figure things out and reflect and adjust accordingly. Make goals to make conscious efforts to help ease your mind in certain situations. I fear I'll hurt myself falling down/upstairs so I now like to make a conscious effort to think positively before making my way to the staircase. Little things make a big difference.
We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to cope with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
AnxietyBC Visit www.anxietybc.com or call 604- 525-7566 for self-help information and community resources.
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories.
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HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.
How To Deal with OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder | THIS WAY UP. (2019). Thiswayup.org.au. Retrieved 14 January 2019, from https://thiswayup.org.au/how-do-you-feel/obsessed-and-compulsive/#treatments
(2019). Anxietycanada.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019, from https://www.anxietycanada.com/sites/default/files/adult_hmocd.pdf