Monday, February 23, 2015

When You Can't Wish it Away...Pray

I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from my post yesterday. It means the world to me to be able to share my story without being judged. As I look toward the huge cabinet project ahead of me (that I plan on starting during The Bachelor tonight) I would like to share some more of my postpartum experience. I have become very self-aware in the past few months. I scan and evaluate every thought and many times wish that my entire thought process was different. I cannot tell  you how many times I have sat in therapy crying, telling my therapist that I wish I had an "easier" kind of OCD. If only I had the OCD where I wanted to clean or if only my OCD mind was scared of other people hurting the kids instead of fearing myself. I have wished and wished that my disorder was different. But it isn't.

Postpartum OCD is now part of my life experience. I can never undo it, but I can decide what to do with what I know now. What I know is I love my kids. What I know is that I am stronger than my disease. What I know is that I will get through it, and hopefully help others get through it too. I cannot wish it away, but I can pray.

One of the changes I have made since having OCD is I have begun going to church again. A couple of weeks ago one of the pastor's spoke of how to pray when you don't know what to say. He said that you can simply say "God, please help." I have said some very simple prayers since then. Sometimes I cannot explain what is wrong or how I feel, but I can still pray.

Though many of you have not nor ever will experience OCD the way that I have, I know that I'm not alone in wishing I was different in some way. I think it is a universal human experience to wish on some level that things were different. From wishing your work situation was different to wanting to lose weight more quickly, everyone has wishes. Though I believe in setting goals and achieving them, I also believe in acceptance. I have accepted OCD as part of my story, but also look forward to easier days and am grateful that I will now be able to use my experience to help others like me.

Thanks for reading!



Chels

5 comments:

  1. There is a cure for this condition. It is with a hormone test. My thyroid and coritsol levels were very low causing severe ocd. I have had the same symptoms and the medication that Im on is natural thyroid and hydrocortisone. The Ocd is 95% gone. It was torture when I had it and this website gives info on reasons why hormone restoration can work.... hormonerestoration.com

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  2. There is a cure for this condition. It is with a hormone test. My thyroid and coritsol levels were very low causing severe ocd. I have had the same symptoms and the medication that Im on is natural thyroid and hydrocortisone. The Ocd is 95% gone. It was torture when I had it and this website gives info on reasons why hormone restoration can work.... hormonerestoration.com

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  3. I'm so glad I found your blog. My post partum OCD almost killed me and after six weeks in hospital and a whopping amount of medication and weekly therapy I'm still struggling some days 5 months in. I had a day today where my intrusive thoughts ran rampant all day and I just had to fake my way through with my baby. Smiling and singing but revolting thoughts flying every which way in my head. I truely felt defeated by end of the day exhausted from it I burst into tears when my husband came home and ran to my room. I found your blog and read a few posts and it made me feel less alone. I too have fears of both physical or sexual situations that I "what if" about and they are the most horrific and heart breaking feelings in the world. I wish it could go completely so I can just enjoy my btfl baby without being afraid of her all the time. I also started praying and just going to the church and sitting quietly it somewhere helps. I'm doing all I can do rid the thoughts but as you probably know that makes them stronger. I need to accept them but it's so hard...

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    1. Beck, you can message me on fb and I can help you if you want : ) sorry I didn't see this earlier!

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