I was always afraid that medication would erase every bit of creativity from my body. It had the opposite effect instead: I can focus on my writing and art so much more in comparison to the pre-medicated me. It’s like the huge weight that was already crushing my creativity (I didn’t even know it was there!) was lifted. I’m truly amazed.
obsessivelynormal I agree- since being on medication for anxiety/OCD my creativity has been set free. As well as buzzing with ideas, the meds have released me from my harshest critic - myself. While I’ll never be confident about my abilities I can actually create without immediately trashing/deleting/dismissing everything for not being perfect.
Most people won't reblog this, because it'll make their blog look "ugly". But people like me are suffering because others don't realise how bad OCD can be. Please reblog this to raise awareness. No one deserves to suffer alone. You don't need to be a sufferer to reblog this. You also don't have to feel ashamed if you do reblog it. Just please, for the sake of others, pass this on.
Does anyone find it helpful to give their OCD a name, a funny voice or make it into a monster or annoying character of some sort? Some therapists suggest that it helps to discredit your thoughts by making them seem stupid and not part of you. For instance one visualization book I read said you should make your ‘inner voice’ talk in a really silly voice so that you could dismiss what it says more easily. Buddhists refer to ‘the chattering monkeys.’
Personally, I don’t like this idea as it feeds into one of my fears -the fear of becoming psychotic. To try and make the OCD somehow seperate and alien, does not sit comfortably. Although I am aware that the thoughts should not be engaged with, I have always considered the OCD to be part of what makes me me and therefore not something outside of me.
I find it best to approach OCD as I would any other illness or medical condition I have, by keeping myself well informed and not demonizing it in any way. Do you have a name for your OCD, have a picture of it in your mind or visualize it in any way? I would be really interested to here about your OCD monsters (or even OCD friends!?) ?
If you are thinking of going down the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy route for your problems you might want to have a look at this article -just some thoughts from me about how to get the best from it. Thanks for looking…
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