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Monday, 25 July 2016

Do You Ever Really Recover From OCD?

I think this is an interesting topic to talk about - whether you really ever 'recover' fully from OCD.

Personally, I haven't completely decided where I stand on this - although, I think I'm leaning more towards the 'no' side. I don't think you can really 'recover' from OCD, as such.

This sounds a lot more negative than I mean it to. By this, I don't mean you can't ever get better. Of course, you can undergo various treatments, whether that is therapy or medication (or both, as is the case with me). These things have greatly improved my symptoms and helped me to feel more in control of my mental health generally. But I don't think my OCD will ever go away entirely.

For me, obsessive thinking is just what I am prone to - I can't help it. Over-analysing, over-worrying...these are things that I feel I will always do, no matter what. I wouldn't like to go as far as saying that it is part of my personality, because 'OCD doesn't define you' and all that malarkey, but it kind of is part of my personality, in a way.

So, what in the world is the point of even going through with treatment then? Well, even if I don't think my obsessive thoughts will disappear completely, I can try my absolute hardest to manage them, and that is where the therapy comes in for me. Through CBT,  I have learnt new ways in which to respond to my negative thoughts. I have learnt how to manage them better in certain situations and not let them have such a big impact on my daily life. So, even if I still get them, they are not as strong and I am in a much better position to tackle them.

That's what the aim is for me - being able to cope with my intrusive thoughts and not letting them get the better of me, like they once did. I am not looking for them to go away entirely, because I don't think that is realistic for me. But that doesn't mean that trying to tackle them isn't worth it, because I can still live a fully functional and happy life whilst simultaneously dealing with the kind of negative thoughts that come about with OCD.

Perhaps I am just being defeatist. With time, my OCD might get smaller and smaller until it is practically non-existent. After all, I have only been getting help for just over a year, and recovery from a mental health condition sure isn't a quick (nor easy) process. Maybe I am overlooking something vital here, I'm sure there is some scientific explanation as to why you can in fact recover from OCD. I remember my therapist saying something about the connections in your brain changing or something? (probably should have listened to that part a little more...)

I would love to here your perspective on this, and if you could possibly enlighten me as to why you can in fact live an OCD-free life, that would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. I totally agree with what you are saying! Although I have good OCD days and bad days! I don't think my OCD will ever go completely. It will probably heighten during stressful or unfamiliar situations in my future life xx

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    1. Yes, I couldn't agree more! Stressful times always have the tendency to bring out the worst in my OCD - but even when I'm not stressed it's always there, managing to control me still. Thank you for sharing your views on this.

      Wishing you all the best & I hope your good OCD days far outweigh the bad ones! Love your blog by the way! :)xx

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