OCD, Overcoming Mental Health Stigma, and Finding the Treatment I Needed
Issues and Challenges
Sammy has encountered: Access to Expert Providers, Mental Health Access
Hi everyone! My name is Sammy - http://dancingthruthestorm.com - and I am a fifteen year old who has been struggling with #OCD ever since a little kid.
When I turned thirteen my OCD also took a turn. I started completing 10 hours of rituals a day, self-harming, and lots of mental compulsions. (My compulsions included video recording myself touching door frames; so our house won’t catch on fire and video recording myself doing 200 flips so that I could show myself that I was a decent dancer etc.)
About four months after my compulsions started, I got hospitalized for the first time, and through that I found an Intensive Out-Patient program where I got the right help I needed through #ExposureAndResponsePrevention Therapy (ERP).
ERP therapy is one of the hardest things I have had to deal with but it helps me respond to my fears without completing compulsions and without seeking reassurance!
My Motivation and Inspiration
I know for me, struggling...I always felt alone. So remember that you have an a amazing support team and you are never by yourself!