A new diagnosis can be incredibly scary. You feel a whirlwind of emotions, and sometimes you don’t know what to do. Take it from someone who has quite a few under her belt, although it feels like it more often than not, it’s important to remember that all hope isn’t lost. There are a few things you can do to cope with your diagnosis.
I’ve previously avoided self-help books. Nothing against them, I just didn’t actively seek them when I browsed. Everything changed when I started therapy. In the last three years, my counselor has suggested two books that have quickly become invaluable to me.
Those of us with mental illness know that the night is the worst. Last night was a bad night.
Anxiety, chronic pain, OCD, PTSD, depression, really any chronic illness can make focusing difficult. In addition to an inability to focus, conditions like ADHD can lead to hyperfocusing. Lack of focus and hyperfocus are silent symptoms and I think they require a bit more discussion.
I’m kicking off the start of mental health week by speaking about something that, thanks to stigma, I’ve actually never mentioned before on this blog. I have PTSD.
I’m accustomed to Contamination OCD, one subset of my OCD, impacting my daily life. Today, it has me convinced that despite my multiple hand-washings and sanitizer use, my hands are filthy.
Many people may not realize that OCD can cause immense self-doubt. It’s one of the more upsetting parts of having this mental illness.