Over time as my OCD progressed I learned a few things along the way. I know that if I knew then what I know now my OCD journey would have been a lot easier. I hope that this info will help you and if you have anything you would add to this list please feel free to leave a comment.
1. If a thought starts with what if, it’s probably an OCD thought.
2. If the chance of the feared situation is less than 10%, it’s just an OCD worry.
3. There is no way you can stop a thought. So don’t try to stop it. Let it be there instead and just ignore it.
4. If you checked something more than 3 times it’s probably time to stop checking.
5. If the situation you are picturing is a farfetched one such as for example “getting a life threatening illness from a dirty door handle” just remember that the odds are very low or none and that there is a
lot of other things that can happen with higher odds such as for example, a car accident.
6. OCD has many different varieties. Just because you have the hand washing type of OCD today does not mean you will have it forever.
7. Do not hide your OCD. This particular disorder does seem to get worse with time so it is important to start treatment before it gets worse.
8. OCD is believed to be generic so if you have it, this means that someone in your family may have it too.
9. Do not be afraid to tell your doctor/therapist/psychiatrist what exactly is bothering you. OCD seems to target the exact same fears divided in around ten different categories, so chances are whatever you have to say they heard it before. Possibly word for word.
10. OCD can be at its worst early in the morning. That is because the serotonin levels are at their lowest in the morning. If you wake up and immediately feel bad do not continue to be in bed. By getting out of bed you will help your brain refocus on daily tasks and reduce the energy devoted to OCD thoughts.
“The OCD Recovery Program has high recovery rate because of continous text support throughout the day between Ali Greymond and her clients. She guides you through the difficult moments and pushes you to fight for recovery. You are never going to feel alone in your daily battle against against OCD and as long as you follow the program, you will recover.”
OCD Recovery Program Testimonials
I would just like to say a massive thank you to Ali Greymond for all of her help and support through what had to be one of the hardest and most fearful times in my life. Hell sounded appealing to what I was living with- false memory OCD! I’m very private and the thought of telling someone my intrusive thoughts was agonising. I listened to Ali’s shows on YouTube and I knew the best person to help me was her, Ali made me feel so comfortable, I never once felt as though she was judging me in anyway in fact she made me feel the opposite like I was normal and none of this meant anything. She gave me the tools and skyped me every day I felt like She was in the next room the support was amazing. This wonderful lady changed my life, it’s hard work and determination daily but if there’s one person that can help you recover from OCD it’s Ali Greymond. She’s amazing at what she does and me and my family are blessed we found her because I don’t know where I’d be now. Thank you Ali your programme is amazing. (L.)
I came to Ali with a severe case of contamination OCD. Ali graciously offered me an introductory session free of charge. When I asked her when we could start, she said “how about today”? I liked that she was that proactive and willing to jump in immediately. I looked at the packages she offered and signed up immediately for the “Severe OCD” package, because that accurately described the state I was in. Ali almost immediately became my anchor, my support system and friend through this very frightening and lonely disorder. With Ali by my side, I had hope for the first time and I made strides that even surprised me. I was amazed at how quickly I started to recover. It felt like magic to me.
Having been a fellow sufferer herself, she truly understands the disorder. I felt that Ali intuitively knew when to push me through a fear and when to back off. When she felt that I was not ready for an exercise she told me. When she felt that I could push through a fear, she told me and 100% of the time, she was on point! This was extremely important as feeling in control is such a huge element of this disorder. I would recommend anyone suffering with this disorder to work with Ali. She helped me get my life back and that is priceless. (J.)