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#OCDWeek | This is OCD

So a short while ago I asked round Twitter for people to tweet me images that portrayed OCD. Many that were tweeted to me I had never seen before, but they all related to me in some way and I was able to interpret my own thoughts and feelings around them, taking into account different situations.
So below I’ll show the image(s) submitted by each person and then below it I’ll try and put into words how I would interpret the image.

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Image submitted by @MirandaSpeaks

OCD leads us into a vicious cycle that can be so difficult to get out of. As if being stuck on a roundabout. You’re spinning so much that it distorts your vision, just like OCD can distort your view on everything making our head spin with anxiety.

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Image submitted by @compulsivflyer

The ‘just a thought’ phrase is extremely important. Thoughts are just thoughts. They do not affect what happens. You can’t think someone into getting ill (even though at times my brain tries to convince me that I can) it’s not possible. Think of intrusive thoughts as just little storm clouds. Yes they are annoying and frustrating, but they do pass. Allow them to pass, acknowledge that you have a thought and let it go.

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Image submitted by @AshleyCurryOCD

They eye in the ‘O’ made me think. We are so observant as OCD sufferers, nothing gets past us. Anxiety can make us hyper sensitive to our surroundings, our rituals. It’s as if we are on high alert all the time, all day every day.

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Image submitted by@draconiX-CB

This image is truly powerful. It shows how we are trapped in our own minds. OCD makes us it’s slave. Our minds try to control us. The fact that there is a window shows that there is a glimmer of hope. Things can get better. The little bird perched on the edge of the window may represent a figure in your life that is helping you beat this. A family member, a therapist, a friend, anyone. Yes, it may feel far away, but it is possible to reach. If I could describe mental illness in one image, this would be it.

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Image submitted by@TheDominator93

I think this image just sums up how we all feel about OCD. The thoughts, the compulsions, the avoidance, the reassurance. Everything. It makes us just want to scream. Just like ‘shut up OCD!!!!’

This week is OCD awareness week, so I please encourage you to use the hashtag #thatsOCD to raise awareness about this condition. Anything than you can do to help raise awareness is greatly appreciated and I hope you can join me in this fight to break down the stigma.

-Ellen

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8 thoughts on “#OCDWeek | This is OCD

  1. Ah, all of these images speak to me deeply, especially the one with the person imprisoned. It may seem hopeless, but that glimmer of light shows that there’s hope. There’s always hope. And that’s the only thing about OCD that I can enjoy.

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  2. Hi! I am from Brazil, and have never told my story before, but this seems to be the right place to do so… Ok: I was diagnosed when I was 13, after years of suffering from excruciating panic attacks and feeling trapped inside my own mind. My thoughts were repetitive, hurtful, and my life became a growing a struggle: I was giving up on it. I could no longer do what I loved, only cry endlessly and wait for the attacks to cease. My parents hated to talk about it, and I knew, that deep inside, they couldn’t understand my pain nor the diagnosis. I never discussed it with my friends, they knew (even today, very few know) nothing of my medication, for both my doctors and parents dissuaded me from sharing my anguishes for fear of having me labeled. In Brazil, mental illness is a hard topic, especially among teenagers, who tend to be quite cruel and unforgiving. Anyway: after 3 years of therapy and medication, I felt cured. More than that: free! My family helped me in everyway they could, with love and care, even if I was, often, beyond their comprehension, but most of all, I found strenght within myself, in the dreams and thoughts of a future that was only up to me to build up. Today, I am 18, have studied abroad, got accepted into a great law school (and will live alone), have nice friends and even a boyfriend. What remains from that dark period is only the learning about myself, my personality and the way my mind works. And the strenght. I feel victorious, much more enlightened. I have a special personality and mental process and that’s not a bad thing: when the excess of the OCD goes away, what remains is a very thoughtful responsible person, who thinks a lot and makes prudent decisions. I have made a friend out of my own mind, and use it as an asset, instead of an obstacle. If you read this until now, thank you, and I hope you find your own freedom and joy 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story! It really does give true hope. I’m so glad you were able to reclaim your life back from that horrible illness. I hope law school goes well for you and know that what you have achieved is amazing and keep fighting my friend. 🙂

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