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I am learning to trust I have the ability to deal with the worries and ‘what if’s’ if they became true.

I have OCD. Contamination OCD.

It has taken me many years to write those words without feeling crippling shame or performing a humorous apology. I have embraced the fear and vulnerability and I have found strength and power.

Today I feel healthy: managing my thoughts and doing the work to succeed in recovery. I have dug deep and swam into the dark pockets of my psyche to understand the reasons my OCD manifested. I know the theory of how to heal, so, emotionally I continue to carve a new path of newly created thought patterns. Patterns of understanding and truth and self-care. Patterns that will serve the self of today not the lost and fragile girl of the past.

Trauma and grief I believe are the cause of this dance with OCD.

I have not had any more or any less of these two emotions or experiences than the next person. I have experienced things in my life however that caused me pain and I did not know where to put the hurt that these moments created so I suffocated my grief and my shock and it became fear.

People are fragile and they break. Hearts can hold so much but there needs to be an outlet and everyone’s outlet is different and specific to them. OCD became my friend and my enemy. My protector and my abuser.

My OCD was born with the sudden death of my beloved mother.

It was fed and nurtured by a stint in a U.S jail and a horrific deportation experience, reckless drunken behaviour, leading to regret, guilt, doubt and shame and the need for there to be consequences. My OCD, in part, caused the shocking breakdown of my marriage and took nourishment from it.

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Podcast

Dr Becky Beaton – Hoarding, Trauma and OCD

In episode 43 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Becky Beaton. Becky is the Founder and Director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute. Becky is also a co-founder of OCD Georgia, which is an affiliate of the IOCDF. She was also a psychologist on the US TV show Hoarding for 60 episodes.

Dr Becky Beaton

I talked with Becky about many topics including hoarding, therapies for hoarding, how trauma affects OCD, dealing with anxiety around flying, getting motivated for therapy, the impact of stress on OCD, the importance of sleep, why conscious breathing is important, mindfulness and how to get started with it, medication, nutrition and exercise. Enjoy.



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