Overcoming OCD Recovery
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OCD Hope Is On Your Side

Hope Is On Your Side

Shannon Shy Author

OCD Coaching

OCD Recovery

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Shannon Shy – Author & OCD Advocate

Hi everyone. Welcome to OvercomingOCD.net, the next step in my outreach to those who are affected by OCD! In 1997, I was diagnosed with a severe case of OCD while on active duty with the Marine Corps. Through treatment, trial and error, and a lot of hard work and frustration, I developed a strategy which allowed me to eventually got to the point where OCD does not affect my life. In 2009, I began my outreach with the publication of my first book, “It’ll be Okay”: How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life (Authorhouse). The outreach experience in person, on Facebook, on Twitter, and with my second book “Hope Is On Your Side” (Tate Publishing) since then has been nothing short of tremendously rewarding and humbling. This website is intended to expand the audience.

Now, drumroll please . . . . . I would like to introduce my friends Lyndsee Hargett & Chrissie Hodges, who are helping me with this website. You can read about both Lyndsee and Chrissie’s stories and follow them daily as well. Let me just say that they are both incredible people who have dealt with much adversity, and are beacons of hope, strength, and courage for many.

Finally, please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this page. Additionally, while Lyndsee, Chrissie, and I are associated with various organizations, the views we express on this page do not necessarily represent the views of any organization of which either three of us are associated.

I often say that if my words help only one person, it is worth it. This site is intended to provide a sense of hope, motivation, support, and helpful information. Hopefully, one by one, this site will do that.

Peace, Shannon

#OvercomingOCD – Be prepared. Have a Plan.

If you understand how OCD works, you can be prepared for it. Have a plan for what you will do when the thoughts come. When the thoughts come, when the anxiety starts to rise, slow down time. Idenfify the thoughts for what they are treat them accordingly. If I suspected OCD was at play, I framed the thought such that I could allow it to be in my mind with indifference and resist the compulsion. I conditioned myself to keep my emotions on an even keel. Over time the thoughts and compulsions became less intense and less frequent. Eventually, the thoughts became meaningless to me and I checkmated OCD. You can do this.

#OCD can be defeated. I’m with you. Let’s go.

#OvercomingOCD – Positivity

Our friend Asilan asked the question below in response to yesterday’s message. It is the perfect subject to address with everyone.

Asilan: Did OCD give u a lot of negative thoughts though? I have never ending negative thoughts- hard to think positive.

Thanks for the prompt Asilan. It is a great question. The simple answer is ‘yes.’ OCD is the King of Negativity and knows when it can affect your emotional state by continually introducing negativity, you are more vulnerable and more susceptible to letting the thoughts and compulsions drive your daily existence. Before treatment, this kicked my butt. After I started treatment, OCD turned it up a notch. So what did I do?

I learned about OCD. I learned what made it stronger and weaker. I learned that OCD depended on my emotional, mental, or physical response to increase its strength. Those who have read my books and/or follow this page know that if I suspected or knew that a thought was OCD’s thought, I treated it as such. I became indifferent to the thought because I did not give it value and I resisted performing the compulsion. I learned that if I gave credence to OCD’s negative thoughts and allowed them to bring me down, OCD would get stronger and it would be harder for me to fight. I started looking for the positive in everything and became indifferent to the negative thoughts. I didn’t try to affirmatively resist the negative thoughts or consciously try to replace them. I just let them be and searched for the positive. I learned that having just a sliver of positivity gave me strength. It became empowering. It’s about perspective and attitude. (And note that I did not entitle this post “Negativity.” I put a positive title on it.) It makes a difference. So if I can do this, so can you. So can we all. We are not different.

#OCD can be defeated. I’m with you. Let’s go.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this website is to provide a sense of hope, motivation, support, and  helpful information for those affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (and other disorders as may be mentioned from time to time).   Neither Shannon Shy nor Lyndsee Hargett are mental health professionals.  Any messages posted by Shannon or Lyndsee on this site are not intended to be and shall not be considered or relied upon as mental health or medical professional advice or treatment.  All persons who think they may have a mental disorder are advised and encouraged to seek the care of a mental health professional.  If any person is in a crisis situation or otherwise in need of immediate emergency care, please dial 9-1-1 (or the emergency number where you live.)

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