Saturday, November 29, 2014

OCD Book Can Help-

Just a reminder that if therapy is not available or affordable from an OCD specialist, please get some help and a wealth of resources from my book: Confronting The Bully of OCD (Winning Back Our Freedom One Day at a Time.) Available on Amazon.com. Used and New. 

Reviews

I have read the book carefully and it is a masterpiece! -- Joseph DeRose, MD

Maran has faced her demons and taken steps to reclaim her life. She's hoping to help others face their fears. -- Gary Buiso,Bay News-A Courier Life Publication,Brooklyn, NY

Offers the best combination of the personal and professional story of OCD. Readers will know exactly what's ahead of them. -- Steven J. Brodsky, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

This clearly written book is a practical guide for all people suffering from OCD. -- Dr. Philip Mango, Ph.D.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tip of the Week-

For many suffering with OCD, holidays tend to cause a flare in obsessive unpleasant thoughts or compulsive behaviors.
It's not the holiday in itself, but the variety of things that come with the holidays. For each person it can be a different trigger. For example, the pressure to be in a happy mood. Stress from meal preparation or from the anticipation of seeing relatives or people not seen in a long time. More crowds in stores. Loneliness during a time of year that radiates the gathering of family and friends.
Whatever the reason, realize it is temporary and will pass. If you will be alone, plan things you enjoy doing, even if they are at home. Do something special for yourself. A culinary treat. A favorite DVD. A long warm soak in the bath. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Little celebrations are the gems of life.

If you will not be alone and are anxious in a social setting due to nerves, make the most of it by taking advantage of the fact that there are people in your life.
Focus on the positives of each person you spend time with. And realize that there are no perfect people. Don't let the OCD bully tell you differently. Or keep you away from a gathering because you are not 'normal' from having OCD.
Having OCD doesn't make for a bad, abnormal, or crazy person. A person with OCD can do the same things other people without it can do. And that includes having a pleasant happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tip of the Week-

First, SMILE, even if you don't feel like it.
Then have a goal for the day, even if it is just a simple thing like getting the laundry done, or getting your paperwork organized. Keep smiling. The OCD bully hates that and usually backs down.
 Do NOT sit around ruminating about a fear or compulsion. The OCD bully gets stronger that way.

At the end of the day you will feel good to have accomplished something despite the onslaught of OCD symptoms. Little things one day at a time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tip of the Week-


Pray. Let us pray for good outcomes in the world around us, and allow our thoughts to focus on the positive rather than the negative. Prayer can chase the OCD bullies away.
1 Corinthians 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.