When it comes to the topic of OCD healing, I sometimes struggle to know just where to begin. After all, in reality, I spent a long time not wanting to begin.

For every Instagram infographic and Canva-crated line chart showing how the progression of healing is not a straight line, but rather, a rocky and swirly rollercoaster trajectory, there remains the reality that merely knowing “healing isn’t linear” doesn’t change one’s perspective alone.

Because here’s the thing, most people with OCD, especially those that have suffered from it for years, know what they need to do to improve. …

Time and again we are told that we have a choice when it comes to thought. If you’re anything like me, though, you have a highly sensitive mind-body that has spent most of life taking just about everything to heart, deeply.

To an OCD sufferer, there is often a held belief that thoughts are oracles of truth, messengers of sweet knowledge, and will somehow lead us to more enlightened pathways. In a lot of ways, yes, thinking creates opportunities to learn, gain knowledge, better ourselves. …

In an attempt to spread awareness and understanding for something that I have spent a long time trying to understand, I’ve decided to write more about my OCD. A writer at heart, naturally, this makes sense.

But to an obsessive mind, the decision to share one’s story and thoughts with the world is a perpetual hesitation — a whispered wait in the limbo between right and wrong, good and bad.

As widely misunderstood as OCD is, I feel my story could be particularly relevant to fellow sufferers of the disorder, as my personal traumas have deeply informed the coping mechanisms…

Hi, along with the other people who have commented on this post, I would ask if you might consider restructuring the premise of this article and dropping the adjectival "OCD" from the title, as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a serious disorder that is quite debilitating and can't be chosen like the title of this article suggests. To "not be OCD about" something would imply that someone who suffers from clinical OCD, like myself, is capable of choosing whether or not they walk into a given day with or without the disorder, when in fact, that is not an option. Just some food for thought.

I put off starting my OCD recovery journey for a long time. In my own defense, I think it would be fair to say that I’ve been slowly chipping away at it for years now, but not in any real sense that would help me face my fears head on. It took me a long time to address my own real need for ERP therapy with a therapist knowledgeable on OCD.

And since I recently dove into the ERP journey and started work with NOCD to face my biggest fears, the ones that debilitate me daily, I have learned a…

I want to start this post by saying that, just as the human experience itself is vast and complex, no two people will have the exact same experience with OCD as a disorder, nor will they necessarily approach recovery in the exact same way, with the exact same tools. Look not to my story as an outline to compulsively determine whether yours is valid, but rather, as a beacon of hope that, indeed, you are not alone in your experiences, and there is a community of people trying to heal, just like you are, every day.

So much informs our…

The moment you realize that a plant will be fruitless is discouraging, but it doesn’t mean that all is lost.

If you’ve experienced unusual or harsh weather conditions in your region this summer, you’ve probably also seen a few plants die off or start to suffer quickly.

Such has been true for all of my courgettes and squash so far. And the intense, repeated heat I’ve seen in West Virginia has not been kind to my pepper plants, either. When these things happen, you can take them either as doom for your garden or an opportunity to start something new…

As odd as it seems, summer won’t be here for long. I’m astonished myself that July is almost over, and I still haven’t traveled once due to the current pandemic.

The nice thing about this situation, however, is that it’s left me with a lot of time to delve into my projects. If you’re anything like me, you see a new season as an opportunity. And as fall nears, I already find myself starting plans and sprouts for what will be my fall crops.

If you’re curious about some solid crops you can start growing this fall in the US…

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Summer is now springing into form in the US, although the general succession of world events might lead one to believe the season has been filtered through the lens of an alternate reality.

Pandemic, paparazzi shots of celebrities with their faces shrouded by cloth masks, social change that could lead to something better… there’s never been a time quite like this. Things are evolving every day, but one aspect of summer does remain the same — gardening.

Gardening is one of my most favorite parts of summer, a rewarding time of learning and growth and possibility.

Many people, however, find…

As it turns out, you experience presence. Many of our emotions are borne from anxiety, fear, and discomfort, so if we’re only present when those emotions are absent, how are we able to truly be present?

So much of the advice I had heard throughout my life when it came to pain and anxiety, depression, dissociation, etc. never resonated with me. And there’s a reason for that.

You can’t absolve pain with toxic positivity.

Let me say it again but make it more clear: you can’t absolve pain, just as you can’t destroy or create any matter, as we innocently…

Hannah Wyatt

Writer, editor. Follow along for content about OCD and trauma recovery. #ocdisnotanadjective

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