Before the coaching with Michele I had some ideas what I needed to do for recovery, because of the research I did. But when I got to speak to Michele the approach of recovery got really significantly simplified. I was way to concerned before and thought about so many different things, while with Michelle’s help it got easier to live my normal life again and get back on the right path. Therefor I am really grateful to have found Ali Greymond and through her Michele because I don’t know where I would be now otherwise. I can only encourage everybody who needs to read this to try the coaching because it really helps!

– Phillip 
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Anonymous143503 anyone ever like obsess over an intrusive action such as kicking a bin etc until it feels like you want to do it
Anonymous143503 " emphasise on feel" as they are things you dont want to do
Anonymous142792 I am a straight woman... Sometimes I feel like the voice in my head is exaggerating certain things like "look at her she is so good!.... then an intrusive thought pops in I just want to kiss her" I don't feel any physical anxiety but I feel like the voice in my head is doing this to gain my attention or trying to get me to react... so its really hard to tell coz it feels so real...
Anonymous142792
Anonymous142792
I am a straight woman... Sometimes I feel like the voice in my head is exaggerating certain things like "look at her she is so good!.... then an intrusive thought pops in I just want to kiss her" I don't feel any physical anxiety but I feel like the voice in my head is doing this to gain my attention or trying to get me to react... so its really hard to tell coz it feels so real...
how do I distinguish such thoughts?
Anonymous143620
Anonymous142792
how do I distinguish such thoughts?
I think Michele has already answered this question. Any thoughts related to your theme should be disregarded, they're irrelevant. Focus on other matters and go about your day.
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
Anonymous143620
I think Michele has already answered this question. Any thoughts related to your theme should be disregarded, they're irrelevant. Focus on other matters and go about your day.
Excatly! Like Kirby said before view it as someone speaking to you with a language you cant understand don't zoom into the thoughts and try to figure them out
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
Anonymous142792
how do I distinguish such thoughts?
anything on this theme disregrd
Madjid13 What's the difference between OCD reassurance and real life events reassurance ?
Anonymous137889 okay i’m not normally needing reassurance but i’m begging someone to talk me down
Anonymous137889 i have the ocd theme of fancying my mum and yesterday i went to talk to her and she was getting changed and i saw way too much, as soon as i realised i turned away and felt anxious and disgusted but my brain keeps saying i liked seeing her naked and found it attractive please help
Anonymous143503
Anonymous137889
i have the ocd theme of fancying my mum and yesterday i went to talk to her and she was getting changed and i saw way too much, as soon as i realised i turned away and felt anxious and disgusted but my brain keeps saying i liked seeing her naked and found it attractive please help
i have had similar and omg i laugh so hard at it now! ocd is such a liar it made me think my disgust was l**t and pleasure- it can convince u of anything -but would u be on a you have ocd forum if this wasnt ocd - would u be so scared if this was ocd - r u sexually attracted to her ? no its just common ocd
Anonymous143503
Anonymous143503
i have had similar and omg i laugh so hard at it now! ocd is such a liar it made me think my disgust was l**t and pleasure- it can convince u of anything -but would u be on a you have ocd forum if this wasnt ocd - would u be so scared if this was ocd - r u sexually attracted to her ? no its just common ocd
l**t *
Anonymous143503 l**t
Anonymous143503 why doesnt it let u type certain words
Anonymous143503 lUst
Anonymous143503 l**t was the word i was tryna say
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
Madjid13
What's the difference between OCD reassurance and real life events reassurance ?
ocd reassurance an example would be someone getting reassurance from something like asking people if they think you are capable of murder or if you might have hit someone while driving or if you might not love your partner. Real event ocd reassurance is based on a real life event like two people getting into an argument that upset you and asking reassurance regarding what happened in the situation
Anonymous143768 I'm an overacheiver in high school, but I'm also struggling with severe OCD episodes that make me question the things that are important to me, and this really lowers my self esteem on a daily basis. I feel like my recovery process is just beginning, so I'm still facing the good, the bad, and the ugly OCD days.
Anonymous143768 However, things are picking up in real life, and given my current stage in recovery, I don't know if I'll be able to take part in any of these activities that I'm passionate in
Anonymous143768 I want to join my school's swim team this year, but the time commitment is huge among my already busy schedule- 2 extra hrs a day, + meets on the weekends. Please give me your advice on what you think I should do- should I join, or will it be too much for me to handle?
Anonymous143768 I dont want to make the decision on a whim and have it be too much in the midst of everything
Anonymous143768 oops- had to leave for a while
Anonymous143768 but I also don't want to regret not joining the swim team, because I know i might feel bad for missing out on something I enjoy so much
Anonymous143768 What should I do? Please let me know what y'all think!
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
Anonymous143768
What should I do? Please let me know what y'all think!
Hi so my advice would be to join the swim team and keep living life as if you are already recovered from ocd. This will be a good opportunity to refocus. I would also do other things to counteract this busy activity to help you relax. You don't want to overwhelm yourself so leave that extra space for self care yoga mediation and winding down time. Don't take any additional major projects now.
Madjid13
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
ocd reassurance an example would be someone getting reassurance from something like asking people if they think you are capable of murder or if you might have hit someone while driving or if you might not love your partner. Real event ocd reassurance is based on a real life event like two people getting into an argument that upset you and asking reassurance regarding what happened in the situation
Exactly thank you yesterday i had an argument with a person who offended me and i used reassurance to calming myself like affirmations and I thought maybe it's bad for my OCD
Anonymous143782 If I were to block the sites that I use for my checking compulsions (like news sites and social media) would that count as avoidance? Would it be a bad thing to disconnect for a while and focus on my offline life? Am I running away if I do that? Should I make myself look at these articles/social media posts and work on resisting my physical compulsions and checking compulsions instead?
Anonymous143782 I don't mean to block them forever, but is it okay to take a break from it all? Or am I avoiding responsibility by doing that?
Anonymous143782 To clarify, I not only use these sites as a way to seek reassurance (like by reading opinion articles related to my current theme), but also to find new subjects to be afraid of... I really want to step away for a while and spend more time with my family, but I worry that I'm just being a coward.
Anonymous143804 HI, I have obsessions about stuck words, memories. For example I recently read an article about a woman who died of cancer and got scared that I will never _forget_ about her face and this article. I don't see any compulsions which I do, try to do my daily duties, however I constantly stay in stress and anxiety. I'm really afraid this will drive me crazy or I will get a stroke at some point.
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
Madjid13
Exactly thank you yesterday i had an argument with a person who offended me and i used reassurance to calming myself like affirmations and I thought maybe it's bad for my OCD
yes thats reassurance
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
Anonymous143804
HI, I have obsessions about stuck words, memories. For example I recently read an article about a woman who died of cancer and got scared that I will never _forget_ about her face and this article. I don't see any compulsions which I do, try to do my daily duties, however I constantly stay in stress and anxiety. I'm really afraid this will drive me crazy or I will get a stroke at some point.
i wouldnt block these sites to avoid but dont research constantly about things related to your theme and if u get triggered react as if u dont know what ocd is
Anonymous143828 Guys I don’t know where to go I can’t find a forum for self harm I just need someone to help me please
sweetyfab92
Michele- Recovery Coach(book private text support through OCD recovery network)
anything on this theme disregrd
how do I stop myself from ruminating posting on forums or telling my mom that I have this fear and that she keeps reminding me that these are just erratic/bad thoughts? if I don't do these things I feel like I ll go wild/crazy and give in to these urges?
sweetyfab92
sweetyfab92
how do I stop myself from ruminating posting on forums or telling my mom that I have this fear and that she keeps reminding me that these are just erratic/bad thoughts? if I don't do these things I feel like I ll go wild/crazy and give in to these urges?
ruminating happens mostly at nights.. it is not letting me sleep... any video I watch is triggering
Anonymous143870 hello. Can OCD cause false attraction? As in, you see someone and feel like you're attracted but the idea makes you sick and anxious? How is it different from real attraction? Thank you!
Anonymous143977 for the past 1-2 days i have been getting unwanted thoughts about children. I used to have hocd and that lasted for a year and now i have pocd.. i really dont know if i can relate this to hocd..I always avoid children even when watching a movie when there is a child i just turn it off because i get so much anxiety.. i really dont want to be a pedophile this subset is way worse than hocd..
Anonymous143977 every single detail my brain tries to prove them im a pedophile i just cant look at children the same anymore im losing my mind i would rather die in agony than harm a child i really dont like these thoughts can u be a pedophile and not like the thoughts or only with pocd
Anonymous143977 im just seeking reassurance again im so done sorry for venting here
Anonymous143979 Can someone help me with sh
Sathish B M I’m currently recovering from Clonazepam withdrawal. Can I start ERP now?
Anonymous144117 I'm recovering from Clonazepam withdrawal symptoms. Shall I do ERP now ??
Anonymous121431
sweetyfab92
ruminating happens mostly at nights.. it is not letting me sleep... any video I watch is triggering
There is video available in this topic.. sleep ocd by aligreymond
Anonymous144192 Does she treat pocd?
Anonymous144222 What’s the best and quickest way to disregard a thought?
Anonymous143879
Anonymous143870
hello. Can OCD cause false attraction? As in, you see someone and feel like you're attracted but the idea makes you sick and anxious? How is it different from real attraction? Thank you!
yes ocd can make you feel the false attraction. real attraction isnt feeling sick or anxious. These are irrelevant thoughts don't focus on them and choose to move on.
Anonymous143203 I had ocd for some years and I'm doing my recovery now for 3 months now, but the trauma I had from ocd is unforgettable. how can I get over my past trauma?
Anonymous144466 im dealing with pocd its making me feel sick to the point where i cant eat anything i have no appetite anymore.. i dont know what to do, its impossible for me to leave it uncertain because this is not like other subsets its so disgusting and weird to have these thoughts
Anonymous118415 Is it normal to feel like you have to force yourself not to act on an urge? Like you can't control yourself? Can they be that strong?
Anonymous144517 Anyone else see weird signs. that trigger ocd when you start to recover, like universe sending message
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I have been suffering from Harm OCD since a decade. I had this feeling like something was wrong with me and I started avoiding objects like pillows,knives etc. Last year when covid started it became worst since I was locked inside house and there were no meeting with friends , I used to hardly sleep then I came across ali videos in YouTube I started watching her videos also joined the chat group I tried to follow most of the things ali told me but somehow I felt I needed more guidance about ERP that’s when I joined text support with Michele. She gave me proper knowledge about OCD and how it works ,she was always available whenever I texted her or when I felt stuck.She motivated me when I had bad days. It’s been 3 months now and i have seen lot of improvement in me ,i sleep well and i feel much happier now and more focused now. I am thankful for that. I will recommend Michele to anyone that needs guidance for their OCD.

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