Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Like the sound of the sun."


I've never really mentioned this in my blog before, though I've gone back and forth in my head often, wondering if I should share... 

I have diagnosed, severe OCD, more specifically, POCD. I decided recently to write about my struggles with POCD after having come across this article. It made me so frustrated, while these shown are phobias or quirks we all experience some variety of, it is not necessarily OCD. 

So, I submitted this article as a response and would love to share with you. It touches a bit on my struggles with OCD, but I plan on writing more about it in time. After clicking "send" and hearing that it helped some, I realized I should share my story, and honestly, I feel a little bit lighter having done so. Life's funny that way, no?

If you have any questions about POCD or OCD, please don't hesitate to ask. And if you or someone you know struggles with this disorder, this foundation and this website can help.

I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.”-Maya Angelou
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8 comments:

  1. Well done, Anna. I'd rather comment on here. I thought that was 'The Anna Allen' when I checked Mamamia. You wrote really well. I hope Munich is treating you well x

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  2. It was so brave of you to write about it! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I love the article. Really. Like capital L Love. Thank you for your courage and bravery in writing this article.

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  4. Thank you for your courage in writing and sharing this article. I fight with POCD from 2009 and I know how hard it is sometimes. Never give up!!!

    Ciao, Ivan.

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  5. I've followed your blog for a while (because I think you're a lovely interesting lady) but never commented until today. I could relate to your story on so many levels: thinking I'm a terrible person for having such thoughts, wishing my disorder was something outwardly visible so people would see there's a reason for my anxieties, getting frustrated when others say they're "so OCD".
    It's a terrifying process for me to actually seek help, but at 25 I have started therapy and it's sort of starting to lift the weight off my shoulders. Thank you for sharing your story & helping me to feel a little less crazy & alone.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your courage and vulnerability with us! I too have a history of mental illness, and often struggle with the misconceptions of those without exposure and sensitivity to the issues that are so ingrained in my life. Your post is inspiring and I hope you're incredibly proud of yourself. xo

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  7. I love so much that you shared this. We hide these things too much, and it only makes us all feel more alone. Courage, indeed!

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  8. Good on you for using a shitful thing to create a positive, inspiring contribution. I think a lot of the themes you touched on would also apply to other mental illnesses. I'm going to send this article to some of my friends. Spreading the word!

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