What I wish I’d known about Mental Health as a teenager

What I wish I’d known about Mental Health as a teenager

It amazes me how much Mental Health topics are still very much a taboo. Symptoms of various Mental Health disorders have touched almost every member of my family and friend group. Despite my OCD rearing it's very unwelcome head when I was about 10, it wasn't until I was an adult when it was recognised that my Mental Health required treatment. I wish I'd know about Mental Health as a teenager and how important it was to take care of your mind with the same care you'd take with another important part of…continue reading →
OCD – My truth

OCD – My truth

It's quite common for me to hear someone share their "OCD quirks" with me, when they discover I have OCD. I also often surprise people when they discover I've OCD, which makes me think that all the other people they've met with OCD must come with some flashing beacon alerting them to their mental health condition. I don't go to any lengths to hide my OCD, nor do I like to tell everyone I know, that I'm diagnosed with it. I have no issues with sharing the fact that I have OCD, which…continue reading →
Coping with OCD at Camp Bestival

Coping with OCD at Camp Bestival

Last year I visited my first ever festival and managed to cope with my OCD quite well. I only had a few anxiety issues and they were largely related to things falling on the floor or touching items I didn't think were clean. We were lucky to camp somewhere near relatively clean flushing toilets with water and soap, which meant I didn't touch a chemical or compost toilet the whole time. But this year was very different. This year we camped in regular camping, several hundred yards away from some chemical toilets with…continue reading →
OCD Awareness Week 2014

OCD Awareness Week 2014

This week is OCD awareness week. I have written about my OCD before during Mental Health Week and received a great amount of support for sharing my story. The focus words for OCD awareness week are Take Action. Which is what I want to do. I want to take action by sharing more about my OCD. OCD suffers can be terribly stereotyped, which can not only cause frustration, it can also prevent people who may be suffering from OCD from seeking help. I have lost count of how many times I have heard…continue reading →
Secret Triggers

Secret Triggers

Last month I opened the doors to my┬áInvisible Illness, I've lived with it so long now that I'm able to go about my day to day activities without revealing the true effect my secret triggers have on me. Far too many think that if something can't be seen to affect you, then it can't be having much of an impact on your life. This is far from the truth when it comes to OCD. Most of my compulsions occur behind closed doors, literal and metaphorical. Ironically I've lost count of the times I've…continue reading →

20 Questions and then some

"is the pain a normal pain?" "does it feel normal?" "are you sure?" These are all questions I ask Clara pretty much all day everyday. I have no clue how she puts up with me. Trust me I annoy myself. The thing is I suffer with OCD on moderate/severe level. I coped very well once we discovered we were pregnant, but once we had our scare it all changed. My anxiety level raised and I became hyper sensitive to every time Clara winced or mentioned a cramping feeling. I found myself googling every…continue reading →