Hi, my name is Richard (32), I’ve had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder since I was around 16/17, but like many, took a while to realise what it was and get the right treatment. I’ve had many different “themes” over the years; some common ones such as blood contamination and religious-based, some absolutely ridiculous, like obsessing for 6months I would accidentally do a Ross and forget my wife’s name during our wedding vows (Friends s.4 ep.24). I can laugh about it now but this seriously caused me tremendous pain during the time.
The main purpose of this blog will be to discuss, debate and reflect about OCD and all the challenges that come with the disorder, recovery and relapse prevention. I also hope to review others content and challenge stigma or misunderstandings if I come across them.
Most of all I aim to help people in any way I can. Whether you are a sufferer yourself or someone close to one.
I am not an OCD expert, nor a medical professional. I actually manage a team working with vulnerable youth in the community and my studies were in business and sustainable development.
That said, I have suffered the worst of OCD and felt the joys of recovery and everything in between.
OCD is a journey and the path is unpredictable. The only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty itself.