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Tulipwood
13d ago

"Ocd has no cure" isn't exactly a special case. Google any mental illness, including depression and anxiety, and it'll say there's no cure. People on here seem to think that this means we gotta live the rest of our lives just coping well but not ocd-free, which I don't think is true. All this really means is that with any mental illness it's not just "take this pill for a week and you're good to go 100% guaranteed." I used to have severe anxiety for example and now I have none, I'm not just "coping" well with the anxiety, it's actually not there anymore. I have the same intention for ocd.

ciaraocd
13d ago
i completely agree, i think there is a life of no obsessive anxious thoughts but it’s not gonna happen with a pill, it’s gonna happen with you
Tulipwood
13d ago
Yes exactly!
gigigoodefrombrazil
13d ago
thanks for this
Tulipwood
13d ago
My pleasure :)
Jeanie12
13d ago
This absolutely true!! For me, my OCD has moments of relapse. My last relapse before the one I’m in now was over 3 years ago! I went 3 years without one intrusive thought or panic from an intrusive thought. As long as you do the work, I believe it can go dormant for some time! 💕 It is different for everyone but it is absolutely possible!
Tulipwood
13d ago
Yes and I think same goes for any hardship in life, it could make a comeback, but you learn your way around it and maybe at one point it never shows up again!
HappyTurtle (Roxanne)
13d ago
I so agree with this… I was just thinking about the word I see a lot “recovery” -vs- managed. And I think that Managing OCD is more accurate. Just like with many chronic physical health conditions that are not curable, they can be managed and go in to remission, and at times be triggered and come out of remission due to lack of self care, major life events, or other illnesses putting strain on the body. Like I have no cure for my blood sugar issue that was so out of controll before I knew what I was dealing with that it almost cost me my joy years ago because it was affecting my performance so significantly. I do t take meds for it, but I do know what I need to do to manage it & have now gone long stretches of time where it is completely managed and when it flares up I know what to do to get my self back on track.
HappyTurtle (Roxanne)
13d ago
**almost cost me my job yrs ago Lol It did cost a lot of joy at the time too!
Jeanie12
13d ago
Both times I’ve had BAD relaps have been during big moments in my life! I had Harm OCD towards my now husband a few years back when he bought his first house and I left home for the first time! It lasted about a month. I’m now struggling with ROCD that came out of no where one month before my wedding AND signing for our first house together! I’ve been struggling for 2 months with this subtype. It’s been the hardest one for me so far.
Tulipwood
13d ago
Sorry about that, hope thing got better for you! I think with ocd I'd say recovery and not managing though, because ocd, like anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses, is not something you have to live with and learn to manage for all your life. When I had anxiety I thought that that was just how my brain was going to be until I didn't have it anymore. I'm just as prone to it any other person now, it's not in me somewhere waiting to come out or anything. I'll say the same for ocd one day. :)
HappyTurtle (Roxanne)
13d ago
@Tulipwood And the beauty is that we can have completely different mindsets on this issue and that’s ok. Because the goal is not to all see it the same way, but to find what works best for each of us to achieve freedom form this incredibly challenging issue! ✌️ happy Saturday!
HappyTurtle (Roxanne)
13d ago
@Jeanie12 I am so sorry your going thru that! I am coming out of a big relapse that also came after a big moment in my life (health related, but was significant). I have since written out a list for my self and my family of things I can do for my self during times of major life changes, big health issues, or if I or they notice reappearance of OCD symptoms or behaviors associated with them. My goal is to catch or even prevent a lapse during those high triggering times to prevent a full blown relapse like I have recently gone thru. My list is super simple and pretty much common sense, but includes things I was not thinking about or doing for my self during the high trigger time because my mond was focused elsewhere and OCD is sneaky and came back in a different way and it was a full relapse before I even realized what was going on. Sending hugs and strength your way!
Maybe,MaybeNot
13d ago
Yes so true thanks for spreading hope!
Tulipwood
12d ago
My pleasure!
ARTnotOCD
13d ago
It’s not just mental illnesses. Lots of illnesses need to be managed more than cured. Maybe that could help take some stigma away from mental health because it’s also common in bodily illness. 🤷🏼‍♀️ It can be really hard to swallow that something is “incurable” during diagnosis. That’s what’s great about your post. It’s a little easier to wrap one’s head around something being treatable but incurable when you realize that’s the reality for so many. 💜
Tulipwood
12d ago
Yeah there's so known, guaranteed cure for any mental illness but that doesn't mean there's no way out!