Recently while browsing in my local library's mental health section, I picked up a book on long term recovery from eating disorders. Cognitive therapy is an important piece for many people. I found a quote that's very relevant to OCD: "My disorder was a path I'd created early on and worn through use into a superhighway.... Recovery was all about clearing new paths to healthier destinations, using them and reusing them until these new roads were as wide open as the old disordered one. If I stayed off that old highway long enough, it would get so overgrown it wasn't accessible anymore. That's why recovery was so hard at first, but also why it got easier and easier as I kept at it." Seems just right. (Excerpt from Gaining, by Aimee Liu)
I'm Ann, a 43 year old woman who has struggled with OCD for the last 17 years. I've been in treatment with some success, but never really put a knock out punch on my compulsions. I started working toward that goal in 2009. Obviously this is a work in progress. This blog chronicles my journey, as well as discussing OCD more generally.