Coping Day to Day · OCD · Personal

A Ticking Time Bomb | Personal Update

If I was posed the question – ‘Ellen, how would you describe yourself?‘ I would say a ticking time bomb. Emotional regulation is something I really struggle with. The roller coaster of different emotions I go through each day is exhausting and it can be really hard to predict how each day is going to… Continue reading A Ticking Time Bomb | Personal Update

Coping Day to Day · DBT Diaries · Personal · Therapy Advice/Experiences

The DBT Diaries: Pt 1 Introduction

A few months ago, I was introduced to the prospect of a new treatment plan by my therapist. That being DBT. DBT stands for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and is an intensive treatment programme that consists of weekly individual therapy and group skills coaching, plus phone coaching when needed. One phrase you might hear quite often… Continue reading The DBT Diaries: Pt 1 Introduction

Campaigns · OCD · School & OCD

Making the ‘Invisible’, Visible

“We should focus on reducing the fear and prejudice and replace them with acceptance, tolerance and inclusion.” -Bernice Pescosolido Mental illness. An often covert battle. Masked in layers of “I’m okay” and “I’m just tired”. A battle that is constant, fuelled by the fear of judgement and belittlement. Destroying every positive thought we have and infecting… Continue reading Making the ‘Invisible’, Visible

IOCDF Conference 2016 · OCD

5 Reasons Why YOU Should Attend the IOCDF Conference

From the 28th to the 31st of July, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the IOCDF conference in Chicago. My time there has honestly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was, however, definitely apprehensive about attending. Of course some of that was due to the nerves of… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why YOU Should Attend the IOCDF Conference

OCD · Personal · Therapy Advice/Experiences

OCD Extracts | Inside the Mind of OCD

Throughout the first phase of treatment I was asked to keep a journal documenting the thoughts and challenges I encountered regarding my OCD so that we could challenge them in session and debunk the OCD logic. I thought I would share some of these extracts from that journal on here in hopes that it may… Continue reading OCD Extracts | Inside the Mind of OCD

Coping Day to Day · Family & OCD · OCD · Personal

If You Could Prevent Yourself From Developing OCD, Would You?

Now this question is a tricky one and will most probably elicit a differing answer from every person you ask. For me, I’d say no and the reasoning behind this is not as straightforward as the answer. OCD is a torturous disorder. It infects the mind and has you left feeling like a puppet trapped in a… Continue reading If You Could Prevent Yourself From Developing OCD, Would You?