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I suffered from OCD for 18 years, ask me a question

 
Lotus Flower (OP)

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11/08/2011 10:56 PM
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Re: I suffered from OCD for 18 years, ask me a question
When I was a child I had some odd beliefs, like if I didn't dry up the spoons properly all my family would get sick. I had a few weird one. I eventually realised they were dumb and let them go. The letting go part was fun. Just trust yourself and bugger the consequences.
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


That was the point I got to Flo, when I was 24.

I seriously couldn't have cared less at that point, whether I lived or died.

Quite painful looking back sad
 Quoting: Lotus Flower


It can be done. You just have to trust yourself, and not let your mind dwell on your fears. It's just shadow boxing.
 Quoting: Aunty Flo


Yes for sure. Sorted mine 18 years after it started.

The fear of what would happen if I told was what stopped me telling anybody.

The reality is that NOTHING happens.

I posted this thread in the hope that should anybody else suffer from OCD with the same sort of fears, that they would know that others have suffered from the same afflictions and realize that there is, indeed, a way out.

'tis like being let out of prison :)
Lotus

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares - Hebrews 13:2

One Crowded hour of glorious life, is worth an age without a name - Thomas Osbert Mordaunt
Ohwow!

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11/08/2011 11:18 PM

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By the time I was 10, I so wanted to tell somebody, but was "not allowed to" - if I did, something bad would happen to my mum - this was the feeling I used to get anyway.

Then one day, when I was 24 years old, I was sitting in my living room and knocked my hand against the hearth, by the fireplace, I was on "even numbers" at this point, I was about to touch it again, as I had done so many time in the past, when I suddenly stopped and found myself saying.

"Do what you want, I can't take anymore, I really don't care anymore and I refuse to do what you tell me" - it was at this point that a change took place.

I still had the nagging feelings and the "threats" but they became less and less until in the end, they were but a mere whisper.

It took fight and determination, but this only occurred after an absolute desolate feeling that I really didn't care at that one moment, whether I lived or died.

Quoting: Ohwow!
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I didn't say this, Lotus Flower said it, so I can't answer your comment.


Anyway, thanks Lotus Flower for your answers. I think maybe my OCD is manageable, if that makes sense. I don't think I have had to stop anything other than washing my hands over and over. Maybe there are different levels of OCD? I don't know, and I have no information on the subject to share.
Lotus Flower (OP)

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11/09/2011 07:15 AM
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Re: I suffered from OCD for 18 years, ask me a question
By the time I was 10, I so wanted to tell somebody, but was "not allowed to" - if I did, something bad would happen to my mum - this was the feeling I used to get anyway.

Then one day, when I was 24 years old, I was sitting in my living room and knocked my hand against the hearth, by the fireplace, I was on "even numbers" at this point, I was about to touch it again, as I had done so many time in the past, when I suddenly stopped and found myself saying.

"Do what you want, I can't take anymore, I really don't care anymore and I refuse to do what you tell me" - it was at this point that a change took place.

I still had the nagging feelings and the "threats" but they became less and less until in the end, they were but a mere whisper.

It took fight and determination, but this only occurred after an absolute desolate feeling that I really didn't care at that one moment, whether I lived or died.

Quoting: Ohwow!
Quote 2394678

I didn't say this, Lotus Flower said it, so I can't answer your comment.


Anyway, thanks Lotus Flower for your answers. I think maybe my OCD is manageable, if that makes sense. I don't think I have had to stop anything other than washing my hands over and over. Maybe there are different levels of OCD? I don't know, and I have no information on the subject to share.
 Quoting: Ohwow!


Ack!

Just gone back to that post and stuck the correct names under the quotes.

God knows what happened there LOL!

hf
Lotus

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares - Hebrews 13:2

One Crowded hour of glorious life, is worth an age without a name - Thomas Osbert Mordaunt
Lotus Flower (OP)

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11/09/2011 08:49 PM
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Re: I suffered from OCD for 18 years, ask me a question
...and probably up way past her bed-time!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1160987


LOL not quite, being 50 years old, I can go to be what time I wish. What about you?

rex
 Quoting: Lotus Flower


What does it mean to "go to be"...is that part of the OCD thing?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1160987


lmao

No it was a stupid typo, probably due to an aversion to the letter "D" on the keyboar
Lotus

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares - Hebrews 13:2

One Crowded hour of glorious life, is worth an age without a name - Thomas Osbert Mordaunt
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Re: I suffered from OCD for 18 years, ask me a question
I had crippling OCD for years; at some point I had enough and finally let go. I said 'sod it' what will happen will happen I refuse to be slave to OCD.

Then miraculously OCD started to evaporate. The feeling of freedom is amazing; nothing bad happened and

my myriad ''what if's'' were rendered
meaningless.

It is possible to recover from this
illness; I am proof of it.
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