Maybe you came across this post because you typed in “I’m not worthy of _____”, or maybe you came across this post because you are a regular reader. Either way, I ask you to keep reading because no matter if you’re on cloud 9, rock bottom, or just okay, you are worthy.
You are worthy of:
And so, so many more. Such a huge misconception is that you need to be on deaths door to be worthy of support. I promise that’s not true. Just because you feel like someone is struggling more than you, doesn’t diminish your worthiness of reaching out. If you feel like things are getting worse and you would benefit from extra support then you deserve to reach out. I know that can be a really really hard thing to do, but trust me, the long term effects can be so worth it.
What you have probably come across, or maybe unfortunately experienced, is the scenario of people trying to compare disorders and trying to tell people that they can’t be suffering from a specific disorder because they’re not struggling enough. Do not listen. Every single persons experience with mental health is different, there are no ‘set’ feelings that you must experience to become worthy of help. Yes, there are criteria that therapists/psychologists use to diagnose, but they are generalised. Symptoms can range so widely, not everyone follows a book layout of symptoms. It’s just not realistic! If you’re unhappy then that’s more than enough reason to get help. If you think about all the different categories of OCD. Does a person with contamination OCD deserve more help than a person with counting specific OCD? No, of course not. Both individuals would be suffering, so both individuals deserve help. It’s like that with any mental health disorder, people’s symptoms and personal experiences are so diverse that they should never be compared. It’s not right.
You are important.
You are worthy.
You are awesome.
Never tell yourself anything different! Help is available. I know sometimes it’s a really difficult and a lengthy process to get professional help, so I’ve put together a list of online support groups, helplines and charities that may help in the meantime.
SANE Helpline – 0845 767 8000 (6pm – 11pm) http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/crisis
Childline – 0800 1111 (24 hours) https://www.childline.org.uk/
OCDAction Helpline – 0845 390 6232 (Weekdays 9:30pm – 5pm) http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/getting-support/help-and-information-line
Mind Charity – http://www.mind.org.uk/
OCDYouth – http://ocdyouth.org/
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org/about-us/commissioning-us/helplines-and-advice
YoungMinds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk/
Time To Change – http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/?gclid=CJqE-rKcv8QCFcOD2wodB0AA-Q
CALM – http://www.thecalmzone.net/
OCD-UK Forums – http://www.ocdforums.org/
PsychCentral Forums – http://forums.psychcentral.com/
Hope this helped!