It has been 2,190 DAYS (six years) since the last time I suffered from a major emotional OCD episode. Unfortunately, that ended about a week ago. As of today, it has only been 4 DAYS since my last major emotional OCD episode.
My OCD Brain Fighting Against My Logical Brain
Over a week ago, I had a major OCD episode; one in which I couldn’t shake from my brain for at least an entire week. My OCD brain was preventing me from blogging about OCD in fear something catastrophic would happen if I did; but I realized the catastrophic fear is just a thinking error triggered by the real emotion of embarrassment. So, after overcoming the embarrassing fact that I had a major OCD episode, my first one in years, I can semi-comfortably blog again. I am no longer embarrassed over it, just relieved it is over. This experience was slightly different from any other experience I have ever had with major OCD episodes. In fact, it felt like a mental war going on in my head between my OCD brain and my logical brain.
Usually, it is just a war between my emotions and my OCD brain, but this time, my “logical” brain was not going to have it. Six years ago, my logical brain was confused, insecure, and well, just not very helpful against an OCD bully. However, this time, I was completely confident with my logic. Instead of a constant period of emotional suffering, it was an on and off period of emotional suffering. It was a bizarre mental tug-a-war experience that lasted an entire week, all because I knew exactly what was going on in my OCD brain.
My Kids Are OCD’s Kryptonite
I can tell you exactly why my OCD struck me so hard when it did; it is because I didn’t have my kids distracting my brain and I was in an anxious mood.
Ever since I became a mom, I have been, essentially, OCD-free. I still have an OCD brain, but I rarely have any OCD episodes, and when I do, they are extremely minor little episodes that don’t bother me at all. Last week was the first time in years, that an OCD episode not only lasted forever but also had caused me severe emotional suffering. In short, it was an OCD episode that totally messed with my happy.
Although my kids help keep my OCD at bay, I don’t usually have any OCD episodes when they are away visiting family. I am not entirely dependent on them as I do a pretty good job controlling my OCD on my own, but I guess when they are gone, it is like having an extra defense shield down against OCD. Thus, without being entirely mindful of my anxiety, OCD episodes are more likely to occur.
Overcoming My OCD
Thinking about last week, I strongly believe the mental tug-a-war I experienced with my major OCD episode was me fighting back against my OCD. The bizarre part of it all, was that I wasn’t even trying to stop my OCD brain; my logical brain just automatically took over. My OCD brain tried to get me to doubt myself, but it didn’t work. To me, I feel as if that was a sign that I might actually be overcoming OCD after all. Unfortunately, catastrophic thinking still got the best of me; but in the end, I know I had successfully won that OCD battle!
Encouraging Others To Overcome OCD
The emotional suffering I felt last week deeply reminded me of the suffering I constantly endured my first couple of years with OCD and how it greatly motivated me to find a way to conquer my OCD. I may not be able to cure my OCD, but I can certainly overcome the suffering it causes me. I strongly believe if I can do it, others can do it too!
I hope my blog encourages others to overcome their OCD or at the very least, bring comfort to those suffering from OCD. I have seen the ugly side of OCD and have stood in many OCD shoes. Perhaps not an exact fit in shoe, for that everyone experiences OCD differently, but an enough fit to understand how badly OCD can affect a person’s life and overall happiness.
May the path to OCD-freedom lie just around the corner. ❤