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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Now, Don't Forget, Will You? Maybe Do Some Checks.

I'll be spending the day in Exeter on Monday engaged in a set of meetings I already anticipate will be a massive waste of time (nothing like going in with a positive attitude, is there?) so this is my last chance to remind all British-located Nuggets readers about The House of Obsessive Compulsives - Monday, 9pm, Channel 4.

If you're at all interested in gaining an insight into how I went from a person who couldn't sit on her bed in clothes which had been outside; who had to decontaminate inanimate objects such as taps, light switches and my watch; who spent hours a day obsessing over intrusive thoughts to someone who managed to get on an aeroplane despite a crippling fear of flying - then this is your show. Hopefully, by the end of it, you'll understand why I continue to blather on about how grateful I am to the Centre.


  • At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Jo said…

    Hi McReadie,

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for your comment and ongoing support. It truly does help to hear and learn from someone else who has been in a similar place to where I am now! :)

    I had to smile at your 'What the worse that could happen?' comment - that was always being said in my CBT introduction course. I guess that's pretty standard huh? :) I've finished the CBT introduction now, and am waiting for an appointment to join another 3 groups - one for Anxiety, one for OCD and one for Depression. [Not sure why they've put me in that one because I'm not depressed - my therapist thinks it'll help though]. So yes, I'm still at that 'where do I go from here and what will happen next' stage. In the meantime I'm going to be watching 'The House Of Obsessive Compulsives' to see if I can learn anything helpful from the show.

    Do you mind if I ask you something? Have you ever heard of 'The Feeling Good Handbook' by David Burns? It was recommended to me @ CBT, but nobody I know has ever heard of it - was just wondering if it was ever recommended to you.....

    If my therapists can help me half as much as yours did you I'll be one very happy chick!

    Thanks again for everything!

    Take Care, & good luck in Exeter!


  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger Fizzwhizz said…

    I thought it was a brilliant programme, I was worried it was going to be a bit intrusive but actually it wasn't. I think it will probably go a long way towards helping people understand mental health issues because the over-riding thing that came through from the whole episode was that these people aren't mad, they just worry a lot. Prince Charming didn't want to watch it because his mum has a lot of mental health issues and he thought he'd find it upsetting, but he came in halfway through and actually sat down and watched quite a bit of it (which makes a nice change from his usual habit of coming into the living room and standing right in the middle with a drink in his hand, which really pisses me off - like, sit down or go away, man, don't just hover! but anyway). And he really noticed the same thing that I did. We really felt for the poor bloke who sleepwalks - i mean, if someone actually does do things in their sleep that endanger their own life, who can blame them for worrying that they might do something they can't control while they're awake, too?
    I thought the therapy was very interesting as well - like, there wasn't any sitting around going 'yes, well do you think your need to control your environment could be rooted in the miscarriage you had 20 years ago', it was all about looking at the here and now and future and dealing with the anxiety symptoms and behaviour.
    The only thing I didn't like was the way it all seemeed a bit too easy. Like, someone's been obsessing about cleanliness for 20 years, tell them to put their hand in the toilet bowl and then wipe it on their hair and boom! they're cured - I was glad to see from the trailer for next week that actually they are going to show that the process is pretty tough.

    PS You don't have to have OCD to benefit from the 'what's the worst that could happen' motto. I'm very prone to the obsessing about relationships and illness that is part and parcel of having two X chromosomes, and since reading it on Nuggets I have found 'what's the worst' to be a very useful train of thought.


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