You can help yourself massively by being willing to do whatever it takes to get better.

If you’re not willing or you’ve been forced into treatment before you’re ready its likely to be a waste of time but this doesn’t mean don’t bother – it means you can go along to your appointments find out what your therapist expects of you or what the GP recommends, there’s nothing to say you have to go along with it right there and then.

Keep in mind that you have OCD though, it’s the doubting disorder and will try to convince you that you don’t need treatment!


You need to be willing to do the work

You need to be honest with yourself and your therapist

You need to accept that you need treatment and accept the diagnoses

You may also feel it’s something you can’t do but how do you know unless you try? It will also feel daunting and absolutely scare the crap out of you to discuss intrusive thoughts and compulsions but remember none of what you are experiencing is new to any OCD therapist, they’ve heard it all before and some even have OCD themselves (you’re welcome for the one and only piece of reassurance you’ll get from me ;p)!

Self-help books are also available, but I personally didn’t get on with them; I wasn’t prepared for how triggering they are, nor did I really understand the concept of what they were trying to get me to do. I needed professional guidance. But I will link some recommended self help books on the Gadgets & Gizmos page.

Research!! Research is a great way to gain insight on OCD, how it works, the treatment for it, it will help you to feel less alone and I promise you will be part of an incredible community of OCD warriors, professionals and those who choose to advocate. Just make sure you are researching for educational purposes not reassurance purposes. You can find great information on the resources page of what / who to get information from.