As this blog progresses I am going to be referring to some of my own OCD experiences. Despite actually being quite a private person (massive Ed Snowden fan by the way) I feel it is important to open up to try to help others. Not only those suffering, but also those who are concerned about someone with OCD. I have been inspired by others to do this because I know how much reading and listening their stories have helped me. I particularly enjoy theOCDstories on YouTube hosted by Stuart Ralph. I have watched that show since episode 1, I used to wear one of the charity’s wristbands to keep me focused on recovery. They were pretty thin and kept snapping but they had the phrase “you are not your OCD” on it, which I loved. I once asked Stuart on Twitter if he had any more as I couldn’t see them on the site. They had been discontinued but he sent me one in the post for free anyway – such is the man. Not sure where I even lost the last one.
There are many other OCD advocates that have inspired me such as Lily Bailey and Rose Bretecher (if you buy her book Pure you can see my name in the back as I donated to the publisher). Yes, ok, I admit I was one of the more stingy contributors but hey I was paying uni fees at the time!
Anyway, moving on.
I will always try to be as honest as I can, but I must also respect the privacy of others when relevant. However, to understand the complexity of this disorder I will also go in depth when I can into the world of obsession and try my upmost to capture the horror.
OCD knows your every weakness and every soft spot. Why? Because OCD is you. A distorted version of you. OCD has no shame, it can attack anything and everything in your life. Obsessions can often be very obscure and difficult to talk about, even embarrassing. To other people it can sound ridiculous, even dangerous. OCD often attacks your very being and that which you value most.
I will use humour in my writing, not to show disrespect to a serious illness, but because I sincerely believe humour is therapeutic for dealing with OCD. I am a father, so the occasional Dad joke might slip by. For this I apologise.
Anyway, I hope people have enjoyed what they have read so far. I have reached 50+ people so far so I’m hardly Stephen King, but I’m hoping that will pick up with time. Would always appreciate feedback on content and any suggestions people have.