Welcome to my blog, Speak To The Brain Not The Heart! Overcoming the emotional suffering of Pure “O” OCD!
I am a geeky stay-at-home-mom/housewife who overcame the emotional suffering of Pure “O” Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I enjoy writing, doodling, and a good laugh. I also love everything science!
I didn’t always have OCD. If I did, I certainly wasn’t aware of it. In my opinion, my OCD was triggered by trauma. I first began to experience true horrific OCD episodes with severe emotional suffering sometime in my mid-twenties, shortly after an intense situation on the freeway without a blinker. From that day forward, I was steadily bombarded by intrusive thoughts everyday that lasted from hours to days to even weeks at a time. I thought I was going insane!
I eventually sought counseling, because my thoughts were too overwhelming and I was falling into a deep pit of despair. Fortunately, I was diagnosed with Pure “O” OCD (Primarily OCD) and had a therapist who was confident I could overcome it. Although I only had a therapist for a short period of time, she had given me all the tools I needed to successfully manage my OCD; however, there was a problem: I struggled getting started. Just because one has tools, doesn’t mean they are ready to use them.
There came a day, when I decided enough was enough! I was tired of being miserable all the time. I was tired of being emotionally drained. I was tired of being afraid of the unknown. I was tired of my OCD bully brain! So, with a better understanding of OCD, my love and knowledge for research and science, and a new perspective, I found a way to happily live comfortably with my OCD bully brain.
Mental Health Is Everywhere
Mental health plays a major role in our everyday lives. As soon as we wake up, our mental health determines the outcome of our entire day. It determines how we are going to cope with all of Life’s chaotic ups and downs. The many different aspects of mental health is what makes us human! Mental health is important in all areas of life, including our own happiness. Whatever mental health journey you are on, good or bad, always remember that your mental health matters!
“I’m Not A Professional Medical Expert” Disclaimer
Before life gave me funky lemons, I did major in biology, fueled by a childhood dream of becoming a biologist. Unfortunately, I fell short of becoming a biologist and eventually crammed all my medical-science credits (a lot of them) into a pretty-looking undergraduate certificate, semi-qualifying me as a bonafide paper-pusher. So, just to clarify, I am not a professional medical expert, nor am I an expert of any kind; except probably in the art of boring paper filing and coffee~ I love coffee!
Although I try to provide factual content based on researched information, I strongly advise readers to do their own research. Furthermore, nothing provided in my blog should be relied upon to determine a medical diagnosis or determine/replace a treatment plan. Please consult your health-care provider with any personal mental health concerns.
Respectful comments on my posts are always welcome!
BTW, all cartoon illustrations in this blog (since March 4, 2019) are created by me (Ginny). I love to doodle! Hope you enjoy them. 🙂