- Date posted
- 320d ago
- "Pure" OCD
- Sexual Orientation OCD
Hey there! My name is Tyler Devine and I am one of the advocates here at NOCD. Let me start by saying you are a great writer and it seems like you are winning your battle . OCD is a very, very debilitating area in the realm of mental health and anxiety disorders. However, we know this. Saying how hard it is and continuing to dig a deeper hole is not how you win this daily battle. Learning to face OCD head on is something that comes with time and practice. I’m not sure where you are in your journey with OCD, but let me give you some background on myself: I’m 27 years old and have been dealing with ocd since I was young. About five years ago, I finally surrendered to the monster that is OCD (particularly SO-OCD, which if you’re unfamiliar with some of the main subtypes of ocd, is obsessive thoughts, feelings etc of a sexual relation). Ever since then, I have never looked back. I know it’s tough but trust a vet like me who has put a lot of time into this stuff when I say you are far from alone. Some big things that helped me tame the beast and still do to this day are meditation, prayer, ERP (both staged and in real time), help from a specialist, faith, and medication (if necessary, as a supplement to your training). All these things combined with a positive attitude toward yourself and your OCD will lead you to victory! Keep helping others and keep utilizing the wonderful community of therapists and people who struggle with the same stuff like you and me. I like that you try and do exposures in your everyday life! That’s an awesome mindset and I’m a big believer in that style of training👍🏼For example, I say hi to the random guy or person that my ocd would normally run wild on, or go out with friends to do something different, etc. ERP is tough, but it’s one of those things that once you do it, you start to feel like a super human! There is a positive side to having OCD and as a vet I like to highlight this to people like yourself who are scared and new to the journey: With the right training and hard work, you literally become a master of dealing with fear💪🏼 Not just in your ocd theme either, you’ll see your training spill over into other areas of your life that even people who don’t have ocd struggle with. Stay positive and never settle. Strength and Prayers, Tyler D
Thanks Tyler! 😊 just wondering any tips you can share about what helped you surrender to your OCD. I’m feeling pretty positive these days, but know there are still battles to be fought. Any ERP exercises you felt really helped? Thanks.