OCD and Thankfulness

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Dec 01, 2012

by Janet Singer

Moving beyond obsessive-compulsive disorder

Here we are, in the midst of another holiday season, and it’s at this time that I usually find myself taking stock of the year that has almost passed; there is always so much to reflect upon and be thankful for. Most recently, I am thankful that my husband and I were able to host a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at our home, and even more thankful that our son Dan wasn’t there. Yes, you read it right. I am thankful that Dan was not with us for Thanksgiving.

The road to OCD recovery

Let me explain. The reason Dan wasn’t with us is because three weeks ago he moved clear across the country for some freelance/consulting job opportunities. He is sharing an apartment with a friend and easily settling into his new life as a recent college graduate. He and his roommate hosted a potluck Thanksgiving Day get-together, and they’ve gotten a cat. His girlfriend will visit him next month. These events might not seem like anything out of the ordinary, but to me, they are. Almost five years ago, my family was living a nightmare as Dan struggled with OCD so severe he couldn’t even eat. I was just praying he would survive. So yes, I am thankful Dan wasn’t with us this Thanksgiving, and grateful that he is well enough to be living his life as he wants to, as he should be.

The road to recovery was confusing and complicated, as we struggled to understand what was happening to Dan and, even more importantly, figure out the best ways to help him. If only we’d known about Beyond OCD at the time, we could have saved ourselves, and Dan, a lot of heartache and suffering.

While I am so thankful my son is now doing well, I know there are many people out there still tormented by obsessive-compulsive disorder. Whether they are in the midst of therapy or still trying to figure out their own road to recovery, they are suffering. And there are others, frozen in fear and uncertainty, who are not yet able to take the necessary steps toward wellness.

Give to Beyond OCD

Beyond OCD is here to support all those whose lives have been touched by obsessive-compulsive disorder, and now in this season of giving, Beyond OCD needs our support. We rely solely on donations, and you can read about all the ways we are here to assist OCD sufferers and their loved ones. Help out here – and many, many thanks.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is treatable, but the journey to recovery can be frustrating and difficult to navigate. I view Beyond OCD as a knowledgeable guide who gives us the facts, offers resources and hope, and steers us in the right direction. It may not be smooth sailing, but the rough waters are surely worth it. Just look at Dan.

Janet Singer, an advocate for OCD awareness, is published regularly on various mental health web sites. She explores all topics related to OCD and shares what helped and what hurt in her son Dan’s recovery from this devastating disorder.  While there were many lessons learned along the way, Janet feels the most powerful one of all is that there is always hope. She is committed to getting the word out that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. You can read more about Dan’s story and follow her personal blog at: http://www.ocdtalk.wordpress.com/. Janet uses a pseudonym to protect her son’s privacy.


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