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Offline highanxiety

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OCD sufferer
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:23:40 PM »
Hi all,

New person here, longtime anxiety sufferer, and I wanted to introduce myself.

I'm clinically diagnosed as having OCD, which usually takes the "Pure O" side of the spectrum. It's been something I've dealt with for my entire 30 years. I'm a cognitive behavioral therapy veteran (been through many years of it), and currently use mindfulness awareness meditation and its techniques as a mechanism to not only cope, but thrive in the face of anxiety.

Usually, these days, I'm able to stay on top of it. Over the years, it's taken countless forms. Relationship OCD, health OCD (skin cancer obsessions, asbestos obsessions), obsessive thoughts that I'd harm a person (and yet I would never hurt a fly), obsessive fears that I would never be able to be a dad (turns out that was untrue, my wife and I have a 7 month old), just to name a few of the many.

Lately, my OCD has sprung back—namely in the contamination/chemicals/carcinogens side of the spectrum, which is actually fairly newer for me—and although I know all of the techniques on how to help deal with it, it's always nice to be around others who are also actively dealing with it. Anxiety can be an isolating thing, and sometimes, you just have to share the crazy.

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

- Brad
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Re: OCD sufferer
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2014, 01:30:43 AM »
Hi Brad,

Welcome to the forum.  It is great to have you as a member.  This is a wonderful place to get advice and support from people going through similar situations.  The members here are very helpful. It is nice to know we are not alone.

Feel free to explore the forum.  There are lots of useful topics to read.  Feel free to post and ask questions.  If you have specific concerns or questions start a topic in the appropriate section to get the best feedback. There is also a chat room for members 18 years and older that you can access once you have made three meaningful posts in the forum. 

Again welcome to our community.
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