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      Hi I’m sorry if anyone’s going through a rough time. I’ve never posted anything on the OCD Action forum before, so I’m sorry if this isn’t at all helpful.

      If you’re struggling, trying doing exercises you do with a therapist. I find that really helpful, and have done some this morning as I’m struggling. My therapist encouraged me to use the Theory A/Theory B exercise. Has anyone tried that one? You can probably find it online, but it’s definitely in this book, which I found incredibly helpful and dip into every now and then. Would 100% recommend. You can probably loan it from the library:

      Also, in a lot of places in the UK you can now self-refer for mental health services, rather than needing to go via the GP. They can often be easier to get hold of, and quicker to respond. Perhaps Google your borough and something like ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies/IAPT’ to find the scheme?

      Also, remember when you’re thinking that things won’t get better, that you’ve probably thought this before, but things did get better for a while!

      Take care, and go easy on yourselves


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        Thanks for your very thoughtful post – we want you to know that OCD Action offers several types of support for you.

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