Thursday, January 28, 2016

INTRODUCTION

Hello!

My name is Gemma Boyd. I live in London, England, and am a musician, freelance writer, poet and gardener. I have suffered with chronic Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder for 10 years and have a dual diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for which I made an informed decision not to take medication. For more information about me, please visit my website: www.gemmaboyd.com

If you're unsure of what OCD is, you'll find everything you need to know about it and how it can be treated, here, on the International OCD Foundation's website: https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/ 

I made the video below for OCD-UK (http://www.ocduk.org/) coming up to three years ago. It will give you an idea of the symptoms I continue to face as a result of OCD, which have unfortunately got worse recently due to a succession of personal traumas and stresses, plus, up until January last year, I've continued to prioritize my career over my health.


Since I made a concerted effort to confront my OCD head-on, I've decided not to go down the 'NHS' route for help, and can't afford / am yet to find a private therapist - so I've plumped to help myself by working through the acclaimed and highly recommended book, The OCD Workbook - Third Edition: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D. and Cherry Pedrick, RN.

Right now, I don't feel hopeful that I'll ever be free of my symptoms, which are now, as I'm getting older, beginning to impact on my physical health, but I'm 100% willing to give self-help a go and am excited to see where this journey may lead, knowing that the fantastic 'EverythingOCD' community (https://www.facebook.com/EverythingOCD/?fref=ts) on Facebook will be behind me all the way.

I invite you to join me on my journey which will candidly document my progress - or lack of progress, as the case may be, and will hopefully inform and help fellow sufferers / healthcare professionals / those interested in finding out more about OCD, along the way.

All the very best,

Gemma

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