1 Million 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta

  2 weeks ago I attended my first OCD awareness event. It was the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta. It was incredible. I have done a few 5k’s before (always walking, I hate running) for different causes. I’ve done some fundraisers for things that are important to me. However, this was the…

1 Million Steps 4 OCD

   My husband and I are going to participate in Atlanta’s 1 Million Steps 4 OCD walk on June 4th. The walk was begun by a father who lost his son to OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. He walked 500 miles to commemorate his son’s life. The next year the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation began…

Some Awesome OCD Resources

  Last week my good friend Ashley surprised me with a customized coloring book for ERP. What an amazing concept!!! In small print at the bottom it says “a less terrible way to do exposures for OCD”. She humorously made pictures for me to color, mazes to complete, and crossword puzzles. My favorite was a…

The Compassion of Jesus

I’ve touched on this briefly in an earlier post, but the other day, I read about Peter and John healing a man who was lame. Every day kind people would bring him to a gate in the temple so that he could try to get some money. I imagine that he had no options. I’m…

I don’t care…..

Something that I have been trying lately with anxiety is what I like to call the “I don’t care attitude”. I first heard about this during one of my OCD support group meetings. We were listening to an interview with Shannon Shy. He said that he often adopts the mindset of standing firm no matter…

Nutrition and Anxiety

I was listening to a podcast the other day on http://www.theocdstories.com and Stuart was interviewing a naturopathic doctor. I am always interested in what doctors have to say about a holistic approach to anxiety and OCD. I feel like it is very practical to examine anxiety that takes into account the whole person. For me…

Scrupulosity…..Origin of OCD?

This post is going to be very interesting. And I want to tread really carefully about this topic. Also, this is a pretty long post. I just couldn’t find a good way to break it into parts. So hang in there with me. No worries if you need to stop, process, and come back later….

Random Anxiety

I thought I would write a post in the midst of ¬†what I like to call “random and uncalled for anxiety”.   I’m sure you have seen this on the internet. Memes can be freakishly accurate. This morning I woke up thankful that it was finally Friday. It hasn’t really been a rough week or…

Humor and OCD

Something I found appalling at first is actually helping me with my OCD and anxiety: humor.   My therapist first suggested this in a group meeting I had a few months ago. She suggested coming up with a hilarious newspaper headline about whatever my obsession was saying. At the time my obsession was “what if…

My Anger and OCD

So this week I just want to say how angry OCD has made me. The thing is, I’m not even angry about what it does to me. I’m angry about how it affects my friends. Like so angry. If I could physically kick it in its face, I would do it in a heartbeat. My…

Faith and OCD, Part 3

  The link below is something that my good friend Ashley sent me to help me with my OCD and obsessions related to God, or scrupulosity. This handout is wonderful! Check it out!   Scrupulosity

Faith and OCD, Part 2

In the spirit of being honest and transparent, I am resisting a compulsion right now. I want to pray that God will give me the “right” words to say during this post. I also was not going to write this today because I didn’t have the “right” feeling about it. However, I know exactly what…