If you were just diagnosed with ocd, or had family members who were,
would you sign the following books out of the library?
If they weren't in your local library, would you get them thru interlibrary loan?
Would you prefer to read them on a kindle/kobo or other electronic device instead?
Reason for asking: there aren't any really good memoirs at my local library. I would like to donate a few of the ones i thot were good success stories. But i don't want to do that if people with ocd don't read books about ocd- because of fears or disinterest. What do you think?
Brain Lock by Jeff Schwartz,
Rewind, Repeat, Replay by radio personality Jeff Bell.
It'll Be Ok. How I Kept Ocd From Ruining My Life by Shannon Shy
When in Doubt Make Believe by Jeff Bell (above)
Freedom From Ocd by Jonathan Grayson (haven't read this one but hear it's a good ocd book)
thanks for answering. :)
1 Put detergent etc into machine.2.Take laundry out of basket and off floor (the garbage day laundry) carefully, putting into machine by only touching my hands/ arms.
3.Wipe down machine.
4.Take ppr towel and turn on tap. Wash hands. End of ‘ pre-dirty clothes. Now laundry is all clean.
Start over with new thought that laundry is not dirty.
5.Breathe. Calm down. Make dinner.
6. Go to library!!!!!!!! Reward.
Thot record: same as before.
Results: Well Bruce fell asleep around 3 and didn’t wake up for 2 ½ hours or so. So dinner was before laundry which was ok. I did really well until I kicked one of the towels on the floor with my foot. So I had to take my sock of and clean my foot. Sounds fine, quick, easy but not so because once ocd has a tiny grip it sinks its teeth in and doesn’t let go. I wiped my foot and then wondered if my pants touched the paper towel. So I took my pants off. I wiped my feet and washed my hands. Of course I was not impressed with myself- again- but tried not to beat myself up. -After all that would be perfectionism and that's not nice.- So what should I tell myself, I wondered? I don’t believe in false praise as that doesn’t help anyone and even kids figure out its false. I mean 2+2 = 5 is not ‘almost’ right, unless the kid is 3. After that it’s wrong. But on a math paper, you usually get more than 1 question to get right. Getting ¾ questions right is still good, not perfect, but who says you have to be. Ditto for a project. You get part marks for each section and maybe spelling and content. You may end up with 25/ 35, but … and the light went on.
To me, an erp is like a math question 2+3=5. But erp isn’t as easy as that. It’s more like a project. So I get 10/10 for putting the clothes in the basket into the machine,
7/10 for getting the clothes on the floor in the machine because I touched the towel with my toe,
5/5 for putting the detergent/ vinegar into the machine with no problem,
4/5 for wiping, because I messed that up a bit and
0/5 for wiping my foot. (which was no problem before, but is now suddenly a major impediment to
I get 7/10 because I didn’t shower, but I did change my pants. I didn’t change my shirt and I realllllly
reallllly wanted to by then.
So my grand total for the project is: 33/45 which works out to: 73% which is better than my university average, so I still did ok. Maybe next time I can get 80%! When I started I got 25%. I had to take a shower! That makes me feel a
LOT better that 1/1 or 0/1 does. Maybe I’ll even feel clean enuf to go to the library soon…if I give myself 5 bonus marks for going will that help me decide? Lol.