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 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 – How to Begin Digging Out

Yesterday, our friend Heather asked a great question in response to my message about the OCD sufferer taking responsibility for doing the things that make OCD weaker in order to bring about change. The question was so truly awesome, I decided to make my response today’s daily message.

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Heather: So much easier said than done though! If you have been ground down and demoralized by years of severe OCD as I have, you have lost almost every ounce of strength. How can one possibly begin to dig out of a hole so very deep?
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My response: The very simple answer is that one converts the desire to get better into action, even doing something as basic as asking the question of ‘How to begin?’. That one small act demonstrates that there is at least a sense that one believes there is a way to get better. And if the sufferer is willing to take the risk, to endure the anxiety and pain of fighting, all else follows step by step moving forward.

We change our perspective. We educate ourselves about how OCD works and what makes it stronger and we condition ourselves to do the things that make OCD weaker. We find the people and things that motivate us. We keep in mind the truth that it is possible to get better. We focus not on whether we are getting better day by day or week by week or even month by month, but rather simply on doing the things that make OCD weaker. No, it’s not easy. OCD will tell you that because you have suffered for so long, you cannot live without OCD, you cannot get better, you are a lost cause. OCD will ask “So why try?” and try to convince you that just getting along with OCD is so much easier than the anxiety and pain associated with fighting OCD. Yet, we know that OCD is a lying bully. It is not a choice between ‘just getting along’ and ‘anxiety and pain associated with fighting.’ It is a choice between the endless anxiety and pain of being enslaved by OCD and enduring the anxiety and pain associated with fighting OCD IN ORDER TO OBTAIN YOUR FREEDOM.

OCD can be managed to the point where the sufferer can function and feel free. I know this to be true and I see and hear evidence of this in many others. No matter where one is in his or her battle with OCD, it is never too late to take that first step. If the sufferer is willing, that first step leads to another step, and another, and another, and so on. So get in the fight and stay in the fight. It is the last thing the monster wants you to do and the first thing that your heart desires. (And I’m here to help you do just that.)

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

‪#‎OvercomingOCD‬ – Responsibility

For OCD sufferers and Family Members – In the end, the key to victory is the OCD sufferer must take responsibility for doing the things that make OCD weaker. It is the only way change can come about. For me that was learning to be indifferent to the thoughts and to resist performing the compulsions, no matter how painful it was. I got better.

‪#‎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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