In my first ever blog post I opened up about my emetophobia and how my safety and avoidance behaviour manifested into contamination OCD. This is only mild, but unfortunately for other people, OCD can take over lives and isn’t always just around being clean and tidy.
Did you know?
- OCD is considered to be the fourth most common mental illness in many western countries that will affect men, women and children.
- In the UK, estimates suggest that 1.2% of the population will have OCD, which equates to 12 out of every 1000 people, and based on the current estimates for the UK population, these statistics mean that potentially around 741, 504 people are living with OCD at any one time.
- 50% of these cases will fall into the severe category, with less than only a quarter being classed as mild cases.
Therapy. It plays a huge part in people’s recovery. As you’ll know from my previous posts, I gave CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) a go last year. Admitting to myself that I needed help was the hardest part, but an essential step nonetheless. I had to stop my therapy as we moved house and out of the area so I had to be referred again to my new and local service. I’m now back on the waiting list and hope to start therapy again in the summer.
I’ve made some amazing friends through Twitter, and two of my friends have recently started their therapy journeys. They’ve kindly allowed me to ask them some questions about the types of therapies they’ve started.
This is a hard post to write, but one I feel I have to write as an outlet to what I’m feeling.
I am struggling. I seen to be having more days filled with anxiety than days without.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had days spent with Matt, family and friends when I’ve not had a care in the world, and I hold onto those days for dear life because it seems that whenever I have these good days, the next day is filled with anxiety and emetophobia thoughts filling my head and it is exhausting, I cannot tell you. “What if you’re sick?”, “What if you’ve touched something that’s contaminated?”.
Thursday 1st February 2018 – Time to Talk Day
Today is a day all about ending the stigma around mental health and to show people that you can talk about mental health absolutely anywhere.
I’ll be completely honest and admit that I’ve been totally naive about mental health in general. I knew about it, but didn’t really understand just how differently people’s experiences were. I’ve got friends that suffer with anxiety but again, I never really understood what having anxiety really meant.
The struggle with my mental health has only become more prominent in the past few years due to my emetophobia and anxiety but looking back, I think I definitely suffered some sort of anxiety during my younger years and I want to share this with you.