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Why I Write Publicly About OCD

Several years ago, I became a therapist and specialised in OCD to help my family recover from OCD. Later, I became a writer, advocate and adviser.

And so, I recognise unwanted thoughts in others and feel their anxiety. I understand the urges to do compulsions to get rid of the thoughts and reduce distress. And I know how relief is momentary, how intrusions and urges to counter them keep coming back.

I see how having OCD is frightening, lonely and depressing and understand how it affects friends and families. I identify how it causes guilt when you feel pushed to get better when treatment isn’t available or not working. And I also realise how frustrating it is when some relatives and friends don’t understand OCD; or why it’s kept secret to prevent conflict with others. But, on the other hand, I acknowledge how others can be supportive but feel stuck, not knowing how best to help their loved one or friend.

I feel it when people with OCD cling to the last bit of hope that will free them from the torment going around inside their minds. And I understand how it is when loved ones want to help their friends and relatives who are victims of this disorder but are at a loss about what to do.

Remission

I want you to know that I have been in remission from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) since 2012. For many years, I struggled with pure-intrusive thoughts. In addition, I battled health anxiety, staring OCD, misophonia, dissociation, PTSD, contamination fears and social awkwardness. These disorders are now inactive or manageable and I live a productive life.

I’d love for you to see that you can reach remission and better health from related conditions. And I’d love for you to believe you can be happy and confident again. For example, when you recover from OCD, you learn to be indifferent about intrusive thoughts. I remember when I no longer felt the sting from many frightening triggers. I recall how the anxiety-driven urges to do compulsions had weakened over time. The sting I no longer feel is remission, and I believe the same can happen for you or someone you care for who has OCD.

My Goal

My goal is to share information about intrusive thoughts and related issues through my blogs. I hope you (my readers) will connect with me and my insights. I want to help you see intrusive thoughts with a new perspective and so I look forward to sharing fresh concepts and evidence-based theories with you. It’s possible to look at this disorder with new eyes and without fear, even if it doesn’t feel like that right now.

While I’ve been writing for several years, OCD Writer is a new venture, and I’m looking forward to sharing my blogs with you and growing an OCD community. I’d love for you to add comments on my blogs, ask questions, click the like button and share with others!

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