Campaigns · Coping Day to Day · OCD

Dear Stranger – You Deserve Happiness

You deserve happiness. This may seem a little outright coming from a stranger, but it’s true. However I won’t define happiness for you, that’s what is so special about it. Nobody’s happiness is identical. Maybe you’re happy because you got full marks on a test, or maybe you’re happy because you didn’t let an intrusive… Continue reading Dear Stranger – You Deserve Happiness

Coping Day to Day · OCD · Personal

How to Stay Consistent With OCD Exposures

As many of you know, OCD can be a very manipulative, shape-shifting disorder and so keeping on top of exposures can become quite a tedious and tricky matter. Over the years I’ve found that if I’m not consistent with exposures and challenging the irrational beliefs, my OCD can quickly resurface and start to dominate my… Continue reading How to Stay Consistent With OCD Exposures

Campaigns · Coping Day to Day · OCD · Personal · School & OCD

The Fear of Failure | Life in a Cardboard Box

A fear of failure is something that many of us struggle with. Especially with the increasing pressure that seems to be coming from schools and universities to get straight A’s or to finish with a first. With all this pressure, it can leave us extremely torn down and feeling as though there’s an expectation for education… Continue reading The Fear of Failure | Life in a Cardboard Box

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