People regularly ask me to make something about OCD, so here is an older drawing I made last year!
Please remember not to refer to OCD when you are talking about being an organised person, being on time or being clean. OCD can be a life threatening illness and shouldn’t be made fun of. 🌈 - obviously OCD is a spectrum, I haven’t covered everyone’s experience here as they would be impossible. [image description: hand drawn digital illustration of a very grumpy Persian ginger cat sat on a purple table with a dialogue. The back ground is blue. Someone you can’t see to the right of the image says “oh, ‘I’m a little bit OCD’!” The cat then replies with “oh really??! Do you tap the light switch 3 times because if you don’t you Mum will die? Do you live in chaos because you hoard stuff? Do you spend all day stuck doing rituals? Do you have to wash because you fear for your life due to contamination & what trauma that reminds you of? Do you get obsessive thoughts and images that you can’t cope? No, you’re not a little bit OCD!!!! ] #obsessivecompulsivedisorder#actuallyocd#ocdproblems#ocdawareness#ocdrawing#ocdrecovery#obsessivecompulsivepersonalitydisorder#ocpd#obsessivecompulsivepersonalitydisorder#hoarders#hoarding
“He’s mad at you,” my brain told me for the 579th time that morning. Five seconds later, my husband smiled a genuine smile 😊 and asked, “what do you wanna do for breakfast?” That thought my brain loves to cycle on repeat was 💥shattered💥 by cold hard reality, once again.⠀
💫We see other people through our own lens, but that lens is tinted. Everything gets filtered through our belief systems, histories, moods, and perceptions. We distort reality, especially when it comes to interpreting others’ inner experiences. ⠀
➡️ For example, sometimes, people are quiet because they’re tired. Sometimes they’re quiet because they just have nothing to say. Sometimes they’re quiet because they’re mad. ⠀
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT SOMEONE IS FEELING unless they explicitly communicate it to you.⠀
✨ Over the years, my brain has told me the “they’re mad at you” story so many times with so many people and situations, that I’ve stopped buying in. I see the thought for what it really is— just an old insecurity. When I do occasionally think there could be validity to the thought, though, I have a tool handy: communicating! ⠀
🤷🏽♀️ Because yes, though it doesn’t happen NEARLY as often as my brain might tell me, sometimes a person actually IS mad at me. And sometimes I know because they tell me. And sometimes they don’t tell me, but I’m still suspicious, and I see other signs indicating it could be true, so the only course of action is to ASK (wild 😜, I know).⠀
When do 🌟you🌟 misinterpret how you think someone is feeling? How has that gotten you in trouble?⠀
(image credit: @positivelypresent )
I’ve been so off all day, super anxious today, feel myself reverting back to the obsessive things I do when I’m feeling anxious and panicky. Feeling like all my progress is lost, but I know I’ve been here before and I know I’ll get back out!♥️ prayers and good vibes please.
I hate admitting to when I slip up or fail or don’t do my best. But I’m gonna own up to it and say that the past two Sundays have been bad. Like eating a bag of Cheetos and that’s it bad. No real meals or just one meal the whole day. I’ve been throwing myself into work and driving for Lyft is exhausting me. And so on Sundays the last thing on my mind is food. And that’s a problem. Because food should always be first (at worst second) when you’re in recovery. At first I felt like I would just easily fit back into my routine but it’s happened twice now and I feel like it’s going to take some concentrated effort and focus to get back on track and not to slip further. I’m not going to get down on myself for it because I can’t do anything to fix the past. But I can do a lot to fix future Sundays. Like making a plan. And making sure food is in that plan. So that’s a goal for this weekend. To make a plan for Sunday and follow it.
Health Anxiety (or Generalized Anxiety Disorder) Treatments 💊🛋💬🧠🍎🧘🏻♂️🌿
I get this question a lot, so here they are (and how they helped me RISE). 🌄
1️⃣ Medication. Meds didn’t help me, I helped me. For some, they may help mask symptoms (at a huge cost) but they do nothing to address the cause. I stopped taking them, and feel better than ever. If you take meds, I support you - but aim to help you build skills, self-efficacy and confidence to adopt a natural lifestyle when you’re ready.
2️⃣ Counselling. Too often, counselling’s focus is on your anxiety, and past - keeping you stuck, reinforcing your victim’s mentality. Complete and lasting recovery requires a hero’s mentality, with 100% focus on taking positive action RIGHT NOW.
3️⃣ Lifestyle. I didn’t appreciate how much it affects anxiety until I began making positive changes to my diet, exercise, sleep, career, leisure, language, relationships, mindset and more. It’s key to the healthy life, free of anxiety I enjoy today, and a huge focus with students. 🔑
4️⃣ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Thoughts and emotions directly influence behaviour, and CBT teaches you how to modify negative ones to make them positive! Huge, and I teach CBT’s strategies to all my students. 🔑
5️⃣ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Unlike CBT, ACT aims to reduce emphasis on thoughts, making room for them in your experience so you can let go of things you cannot change, without them taking you for a ride. 🔑
6️⃣ Systematic Desensitization (SD). if you always run away from the dog, you’ll always fear the dog - and SD helps you flip the script, with a planned, practiced process of exposure to your irrational fears (or phobias). 🔑
7️⃣ CBD. A new and “growing” option 🤣 A potential natural substitute for meds, it may be harmful to your body. I haven’t used it, but know people who have. Some benefit, but like meds, it’s not a cure for anxiety.
🌟 I credit my recovery to taking a HOLISTIC, action-based approach, integrating the best of the above to improve every aspect of my life so I can RISE. 🌄
It’s PROVEN, and exactly what I use with all my students. 📈🙌🏼
What’s worked for you? Share your experience. 💚
Kind of missing having silver hair 💁🏼♀️
The last few weeks have been hard. After suffering a severe anxiety relapse back in September, my depression is showing its ugly head again.
I live in fear of relapsing, and once I do I spend weeks beating myself up for letting it happen again, but more recently I’ve realised that this is not my fault.
It’s mental illnesses fault.
It’s like a rollercoaster, being on a massive high and then plummeting back to earth; but instead of hitting the ground, it feels like it swallows you hole and keeps you there until it decides to spit you back out.
It’s shit, but I’ve learned that instead of keeping it to myself, I need to ASK FOR HELP; before things get too bad again.
I have an appointment with a new psychiatrist in two weeks, and it simply cannot come soon enough.
But until then, I will stay strong, take care of myself the best I can, and keep plodding along until it’s sorted. #depression#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth#mentalhealthrecovery#anorexia#anorexiafighter#eatingdisorderrecovery#anxiety#anxietyrelief#ptsd#ptsdawareness#ocdproblems#ocdawareness
Another week in the theatre of dreams @bouncegym
2 drills this week for the basketball boys @elvis_922@kafaic_@kachonkc1@ey_529 to do before squats etc. On the second drill I was being cautious because I didn’t have shoes but explode off the second box. Also my 18 thousandth set of clean triples at 130
Please. ROCD and OCD are such bullies. Be gentle to yourself. Treat yourself like you would treat anyone else. Invite the thoughts in but don't serve them tea. Experiencing these thoughts is already hard enough. Do what makes YOU happy. YOU are important. YOU do matter. Yes, also with these obsessive thoughts.
What will help while you're experiencing OCD and ROCD?: Let the thoughts be, let them in without serving them tea. Journaling, meditation, exercising, talking to your therapist, doing research (not too much), watch the videos of @withawakenintolove, follow her Instagram for support, follow @kimberleyquinlan and @mindonfire_ocd. They inspire me and their pages are full with information which I experience as very helpful!!❤
Have I ever told you I want to ᐐ change ᐖ the world?⠀
Do you honestly believe one person can? ⠀
It all starts with one person. Followed by one action.⠀
ᐂ ᐑ ᐍ ᐙ ᐐ ᐇ ⠀
One action that is replicated and duplicated by one other person. ⠀
Until that action is carried out exponentially. ⠀
▶︎ So let’s start 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬. ⠀
Start telling yourself you are ▴𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕘▴⠀
Start proving to yourself you are ▴𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕘▴⠀
Start reminding yourself you are ▴𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕘▴⠀
▸ Over and over. ⠀
Until you have no choice but to believe it is true and then, and only then, can you show someone else the same. ⠀
I need your help ◄ ⠀
How do you prove to yourself every day that you are strong? Let me know below 🖤⠀
Me, I push boundaries by continuing to surpass my own limits. Some people call it exercise, lifting, the gym. For me it’s a sport of resiliency, just me - vs - me.⠀
If we can share this idea of resiliency, maybe one day the entire world will understand the importance of that small phrase “me - vs - me”⠀
"𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚣𝚢 𝚎𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚗" 𝚂𝙹⠀
Wanting to send this card to each and every one of our backers on this beautiful Monday - we did it! 👏🏻 The Kickstarter ended on Friday and we took the whole weekend to rest, rest, and rest some more!
We’re back this morning with the brand new beautiful online store where you can pick up desk pads, notepads, greeting cards, as well as preordering the Kickstarter tote and journal! Stay tuned for more products launching this week!
We recommend sanitizing your mattress at least every 6 months, to maintain a healthy living environment. @cteam165
27213 hours ago
Hearing of Mike Thalassitis’s suicide, has come as a shock for many in the UK and around the world as the “Love Island” star tragically hung himself last week. “Why did he do this” “I thought he was fine” “He looked so normal” “he doesn’t look like someone who would do that,” this is always the type of thing said around the times of suicides like this, in fact what most people don’t realise is suicide is possible by anyone and seeing suffering is not always apparent. Suicide is an epidemic, until people are taught in schools or large awareness is done on how we can prevent overwhelming catastrophised thinking leading to treading down the suicide path in our thinking suicide will remain an epidemic. Suicide happens when we start thinking very irrationally and get in states of desperation provoking suicidal thinking as well as holding life perspectives that can lead to suicidal thinking as we can’t see that whatever we are facing is not the end of the world but a challenging situation to overcome, when we are focused in on a problem and built it up to be something that means we can’t go on that is where the problem lies. As soon as I read any of these suicide stories I always wish I could have spoken to the person for a few moments to help shift their perspective. For years I have worked with countless people wanting to commit suicide that day or week or who have just survived it and as of yet have experienced no suicides but prevented many and Its always a shift in life perspective that does it showing the individual that suicide ends all hope where in fact so much hope is in their hands and their situation is nowhere near as gloomy as they currently see it is by demonstrating to them that nothing is in fact awful as we imagine it to be only our exaggerated thinking. These skills seen here are something that can be quickly taught and save lives.
in case you might need some #bodypositivity today 💛 there is no such thing as “the perfect body”. your body is perfect for YOU. it keeps you alive and strong. your body holds nothing against you. it fights constantly to keep you healthy. it doesn’t care about its size or shape, it cares only about YOU. all it ever asks is that you treat it the same; don’t hate your body. you need it and it needs you. 🥰
36614 hours ago
i’m sorry i just needed to catch this insane and very rare burst of positivity!
i’m doing really well (ocd wise) and i don’t think i’ve really realised that until now or at least i’ve been too afraid to admit it to myself. because doing well means you’re fine and just being dramatic right? getting better means you never really had a disorder right? fuck no! that’s so irrational. my no.1 inspiration when i’m thinking this is ma g @sam.anthablooms (i hope she doesn’t mind me talking about her) she struggled with ocd fairly severely and it affected her life so much. she fought super hard and now i’m pretty sure she says she’s completely recovered from ocd. and she is one of the most incredible people i know. she’s funny and kind and understanding and smart and so many other things. if i could be like samantha when i’m recovered then i know everything would have been worth it.
i know people say ‘some people can fully recover from ocd and some people will always have a little bit of it’ but i think this is detrimental! i’ve always thought ah i’m definitely one of those who will never fully recover and i know from doing polls on here that the majority of you genuinely don’t believe that you will ever be fully recovered from your mental illness. that’s so sad. what’s the point in thinking like that? it’s not going to get you anywhere. aim for fully recovered and keep fighting and if you do never fully get there then i’m sorry. but never stop trying. don’t go into recovery thinking ‘i’m never going to be recovered. i can try recovery but i will never get to the end anyway’ honestly i just can’t see why you would think that way. it’s not going to get you anywhere and it’s only holding you back. you have no idea if you will fully recover or not. and the only way to find out is to try
sometimes you just have to smile even if you really don’t want to. @queereye has been helping me a lot with that, go watch it if you need something nice and wholesome to take your mind off things. ❤️
47517 hours ago
Today ESPN features PANDAS and its cost to one family ❤️ It was the greatest upset in NCAA tournament history. Sixteen seed UMBC defeated number one seed Virginia a team many predicted would win the whole thing last year. Away from that win UMBC coach Ryan Odom and his family were grappling with a puzzling and frightening opponent. E: 60 goes behind the scenes to show how Odom’s son Connor “caught a mental Illness” and conquered both OCD and a pediatric illness known as PANDAS as Odom simultaneously transformed a losing team into conference champions. #pandasnetworkofficial#ncaa#espn#lymedisease#strepthroat#ocdawareness .
The first picture is a poem that I found while cleaning my room yesterday, (I did not write it). The second picture is some of the things that I have collected over the past couple years, the majority of which I threw out. All my life I have collected things; cards, flyers, business cards, bottle caps, clothing tags, random trinkets and more. And while it’s nice to save certain things that are meaningful to you, there is a line between that and simply hoarding. Although my experience with this is definitely not that severe I wanted to make the post to represent letting go, because that’s exactly what I did with about 95% of the stuff shown above. I took Marie Kondo’s advice, and asked myself if what I was holding brought me joy. The answer was often no, but nevertheless my mind would come up with a list of reasons to keep it. It’s so similar to an eating disorder, at one point you have to ask yourself “Does this make me happy?”. Your mind may fight against you, it will come up with 1,000 reasons to give in. But really, what will keeping your eating disorder do for you in the long run? What will keeping all this trash around do for me in two years? •
Shout out to all of you who fight mental illness every day and refuse to give up!! You're making a huge difference, even if you don't realize it. So thank you. 🙏 it's because of people like you that this page is here.
I know I missed out on a lot of illnesses, unfortunately I couldn't fit them all. But know that I appreciate every one of you fighting mental illness, whatever it may be. If you would like to add any shout outs, go for it in the comments below! So much more deserve to be appreciated. 🙏
2791820 hours ago
"I'm Claudia, a 21-year-old, non-binary Theatre Artist and Coffee Enthusiast. I have autism and mental health issues. From as early as I can remember I've been adventurous, loving the outdoors and sparking up a really close connection with nature; but I've always felt different. Going through scho was difficult at the best of times. I didn't really play with other kids as I loved to draw, explore my surroundings and do puzzles. I tried my best to join in; but I was content with just doing my own thing. I began to realise, I was not the sane as other kids. I was being bullied both verbally and physically. I was getting angry all the time because I didn't understand why these things were happening to me. To combat this, I built a defends mechanism and learned to push things down. I'd spend my breaks and lunchtimes in the toilets in an outbuilding on school grounds because it was easier to be by myself. I thought that by self-harning, I would be taking control of my situation and it woukfbfddk better to let my self-hatred out in myself physically rather than emotionally." New article on the website! This was sent in by @claudiavannimwegen who writes about their experience with mental illness and autism. It got so bad for Claudia that they even almost attempted suicide before being stopped. Follow Claudia on her to keep up with their journey!
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