Overcoming OCD Recovery
Overcoming OCD Recovery Coaching

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 friend Lyndsee Hargett, who is helping me with this website. You can read about Lyndsee’s story and follow her daily as well. Let me just say that she is an incredible person who has dealt with much adversity and is a beacon of hope, strength, and courage for many.

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

This is the truth:

You are beautiful. OCD is not.

You are magnificent. OCD is not.

You are special. OCD is not.

You are valued. OCD is not.

And most importantly . . .

You are loved. OCD is not.

Your outlook can reflect this truth if you let it do so, and if you do so, you can bring OCD to its knees. You have the power. It’s about attitude. Get after it.

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

‪#‎OvercomingOCD‬ – The Thought v. The Substance of the Thought

It takes two to tango. OCD will torment you as long as you let it do so. You can condition yourself to be indifferent to the thoughts that OCD puts in your mind and to resist the compulsions that follow, even if the substance of the thoughts feels real, no matter how horrific or disgusting they are, and regardless of the level of anxiety. I learned to tell myself that I don’t care if the OCD thought and all the follow on thoughts were in my mind. It wasn’t that I didn’t care that people might die (or whatever the horrible consequence might be), it was that I didn’t care if that OCD thought was in my mind. It was an important distinction; one which not only helped me sit with uncertainty and anxiety, but one that also saved my life. Getting better takes work. You have lots of reasons to get better. Use them as motivation. Do the work. You can do it. I’m here to help.

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

‪#‎OvercomingOCD‬ – You Don’t Have To

You say to me “I’ve got to go check that. Someone might get hurt. The anxiety is unbearable.” Or you say “I’ve got to wash my hands. I just touched something that was contaminated and now I’m going to contaminate someone else. The anxiety is unbearable.”

I say to you “OCD is telling you that you have to check or wash. Truly, you don’t have to do anything OCD tells you to do. The anxiety may be great, but it’s not unbearable. Do not give OCD the satisfaction. Each time you give in you give OCD more power over you. Make a commitment. Break the cycle. You can push through. Do it for you and those you love. It’s your life; not OCD’s. I’m in your corner and I’m not going anywhere.”

‪#‎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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