Friday, July 9, 2010

this is a blog about OCD.

This is a blog about living with OCD. I started it because, of all the things that are important to me, OCD is the one subject on which I have only found a handful of blogs addressing it.
Also, as a person living with OCD, I have a terrible time following through with things. Writing for publication (even blog form) is also a huge exposure for me. So this is a challenge I set for myself: to follow through with posting here, even if nobody else reads it.

What I write here is going to be aimed at people like myself, who have already been diagnosed and have lived with the disorder (a funny name for it, given its nature) for many years.  I hope to focus my blogging on being positive and moving forward. I want to chronicle the ways I have succeeded in living a (mostly) functional life when, at one point, I was debilitated enough by my illness that I was almost completely removed from society.

I plan to write about tools and techniques I have used to handle my many symptoms in different situations. Of course, I am not a doctor, and I have no medical training. My somewhat far-fetched hope is that through this blog, I can create a small community where positive encouragement and ideas for living with OCD can be shared... but nothing, least of all a blog, can replace a real-life therapist and psychiatrist. I believe this fully, which is why I am sharing this disclaimer up front.

Welcome, if you are here and actually reading this post. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts on whatever you read here. I hope to learn from others as I embark on this blogging journey.


  1. Hi Elle,
    I'm so glad you are writing this blog! I am very grateful to be part of a community of people writing eloquently and honestly about their OCD experiences, and learning to live beyond the OCD. Writing a blog is an exposure for me as well--and thought at times scary, the rewards have been immense, and I hope you will find the same.

  2. I agree, blogs on OCD are hard to find. So glad I found this one. Please post more when you find them. Thank you!

  3. Beth, you are so right that there are few blogs out there talking about OCD. I think it is helpful to read about other peoples successes and struggles with OCD. I personally have dealt with OCD for ten years and have been able to keep it under control with advice from I hope to read more posts about OCD soon from this blog.