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Am I Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

By Jess Hayes - 07/11/2020

OCDUK, a national UK charity formed and run by people with lived experience of OCD, found that the delay between someone first experiencing symptoms of OCD and them actually accessing help is often between 10 and 15 years. This means that many people will struggle with their OCD for a long time, often over a decade, before they are able to seek help. But why? Many people do not know much about OCD and are unsure how to recognise it. In combination with this, OCD often includes extremely distressing thoughts and beliefs that people assume are true, and so the thought of talking about these with anyone can feel terrifying.

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Am I Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

By Jess Hayes - 07/11/2020

OCDUK, a national UK charity formed and run by people with lived experience of OCD, found that the delay between someone first experiencing symptoms of OCD and them actually accessing help is often between 10 and 15 years. This means that many people will struggle with their OCD for a long time, often over a decade, before they are able to seek help. But why? Many people do not know much about OCD and are unsure how to recognise it. In combination with this, OCD often includes extremely distressing thoughts and beliefs that people assume are true, and so the thought of talking about these with anyone can feel terrifying.

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Pregnancy and being a new parent during a pandemic

By Jess Hayes - 09/10/2020

Parenthood can be terrifying. All of a sudden, you have to be responsible for the survival of a tiny human when you might barely feel able to take care of yourself. Add that to the fact that everything feels scary and uncertain in the world right now, and that your support and connections with others is a lot less than usual. These things might make this experience even scarier, at a time when you feel you should be basking in the glow of a new baby.

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Is this health anxiety or are these normal worries during COVID19?

By Jess Hayes - 21/09/2020

Right now, everywhere you look has messages informing you that you might catch a pretty serious illness. Perhaps you tried to reassure yourself at first that things were being exaggerated and that worked for a while? But then the world locked down. And then the messages continued; not for a few weeks, but for months. Maybe this isn’t the first time you have been preoccupied about something being seriously wrong, and the current situation has undone how hard you have worked at trying to convince yourself that you were okay? Or perhaps you have managed health-related anxiety by avoiding medical shows or news but all of a sudden, this news is everywhere and your coping strategy no longer works for you?

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Top tips for getting started with therapy

By Jess Hayes - 04/09/2020

Starting therapy can be really daunting. It might have taken you a while to get to this point where you; know you need some help, have the motivation to find this, and feel in a place where you can commit to engaging with it.

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Anxiety Therapy

By Jess Hayes - 30/06/2020

Do you feel anxious all the time? Do your thoughts whirlwind? Have you ever thought about looking into anxiety therapy, talking to a Doctor, or learning a little bit more about why your day-to-day life seems so much harder than everyone else’s?

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