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.
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.
I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and picking and checking are just two of my many compulsions. The checking has been particularly bothersome this week.
Excuse the awful title. This morning got off to an anxious start and I’m still shaken up.
I have movie theater anxiety, particularly when it comes to superhero films. It’s bad enough that I often don’t go, or I have to go with other people to get through it. This week, I had to face my anxiety head on by myself for a movie I desperately wanted to see: Avengers: Infinity War.
I had an appointment this afternoon with my rheumatologist, and it was a bittersweet one. Although I got some answers, I left feeling like I’ve hit a wall, and my OCD is creeping in.
I’m attending one of my favorite conferences this week! I’m super excited, but I figured I should make a post with my tips for getting through a convention as a spoonie.
This morning, I spent the last fifteen minutes of my therapy session crying. Then, I came home and my health OCD gave me intrusive thoughts that brought me to tears with worry. This led to an anxiety attack and I had to text my friend with OCD to help calm me down. I managed to stop crying, have a slice of pizza, and carry on–and then I got the idea for this post. You might not like this one, but here’s what to do when the intrusive thoughts bring you to tears, give you an anxiety attack, or both.