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hi there...anybody active?

hi there. I'm new to the site. is anybody still active on it? I see posts from a month ago. I'd love to speak to people who also have OCD. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Hi Ccon, hope you are well, I recently joined Im not on here very often, I do not have ocd but my fiancee has it.. I have been reading up on OCD and more so looking at life coaching on line usually on youtube,, I found some of the stuff very inspiring.. I also have done a little hypnotherapy training and am doing daily relaxing sessions with my partner,, he does not live in the uk.. how do we manage.. well where there's a will there's a way!! he is also doing mindful mediatation and aerobics to boost the happy hormone and says it is making a positive impact..I also saw a documentary on the tv where they had a reporter who had insomnia for 5yrs plus.. they asked him to basically look for and at happy faces each day for 8 weeks along with doing a session of mindful meditation for the same 8 weeks.. they did a scan of his brain energy before and after and the difference was remarkable.. he also started to sleep through the night.. so it was a great discovery.. I also have my other half looking for the happy faces, to boost cheerfulness,, anything that does this I feel is good. have a good evening and a great week.. all the best to you.

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Hi there! Thanks for getting back to me. All the things you are doing sound really good and I'm glad you're finding your way through things. I haven't tried hypnotherapy or mindfulness. I wouldn't mind knowing more. Mindfulness seems to be a useful tool for lots of things!

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Hi this is the documentary I saw..called the truth about personality..

its from the BBC. also some guy here mentioned , moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome and I feel is a good site and informative its like a quiz I found it good fun while being useful too. take care all

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Hi! I've had OCD since I can pretty much remember. It's manifested itself now with "Pure O" and I've been dealing with this on an extremely debilitating level for the past 2 years. I've made a lot of progress but I still have my bad days. I'm doing mindfulness too, and it really is a big help. Mindfulness, and the other common techniques used for OCD recovery such as Exposure Response Prevention, overlap with each other so much, and as you say it can help anyone to increase their quality of life, regardless of whether they suffer from OCD or not. I am going through the mindfulness programme in this book: amazon.co.uk/Mindfulness-pr... There are many books that are similar also. It takes a lot of persistence, particularly at the start but you do feel the benefits as you go. Good luck to you :)

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Just to add to this. ERP is not the actual treatment recommended here in the UK. ERP is used, but only as a component of a broader treatment called CBT, the cognitive aspect is vital for people who suffer more with Intrusive thoughts as in Pure O. Mindfulness can be helpful too, but it is vital that the focus of treatment is on CBT.

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I've often wondered about this- I believe ERP is recommended in the US? I've been offered CBT but not ERP.

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I think in many cases in the US it is just a language thing.. i.e. we say colour, they strangely say color lol in that when they say ERP, in many cases I think (and hope) they mean CBT. But if they do mean ERP alone with no cognitive work, that is the wrong approach I suspect.

Ashley :)

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Hi! I've had it since I can remember as well and it's also mostly pure O now, and a lot more subtle than it used to be, if that makes sense, but still troubling. Must try mindfulness! Thanks for posting!

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In Cape Town, South Africa? I'm sure.

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Hi im only 20 and I have suffered with OCD for 3 years, although the GP told me it sounded like it began at the age of 7 and there are many mental health problems in the family. Unfortunatley due to being so poorly with this horrendus illness i had to drop out of college and leave my A levels as i wasnt well enough to attend college, which in theory made me more depressed as I ended up bed bound. I am now working full time and 9/10 times managing on a daily basis. I suffer with compulsions and intrusive thoughts that as you may know always feel real. Mindfullness helped me very much and I am still regularly using many self help books such as 'The happiness trap' 'CBT' 'A guide to overcoming obessive compulsive disorder'. Some days are harder than others. But they do get better. The right medication and treatment may take a while as it is very much trial and error, but you will get there one day.

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