"A diagnosis of OCD Intrusive Thoughts"

About: Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services

(as the patient),

2 years ago this I was thinking back particularly stressed ,but I got this horrible intrusive thought that I was turning into a monster because I couldnt rid my mind of this particular disgusting thought.

As a result I took a type of breakdown I suppose you could say it was pure and utter anxiety at the time from the disturbing thoughts.

The bottom line was that in a matter of days I was suicidal, I eventually after a few weeks (Which I am so thankfull and lucky I believe )because the waiting lists are horrendous I was referred to CBT with Maria in Ballymote and it was my saviour.

She recognised that my anxiety was as a result of the intrusive thoughts, OCD and she councelled me for a period of time also gave me books to read (The Imp of the mind, Brain lock) which are and were my saviours.

I have my own copy of the books now as reference.

The OCD will never go away but the CBT and Exposure therapy was the best lifesaving tools for me.

Ive read alot about OCD INTRUSIVE thoughts and I was text book.

Im forever gratefull to the mental health system but I feel it is possibly under resourced .

I was lucky I was put in contact with the correct person at the time Maria and of course Dr O neill.

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Response from Caroline Owen, CBT Therapist, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service 6 years ago
Caroline Owen
CBT Therapist,
Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service
Submitted on 27/04/2018 at 11:57
Published on Care Opinion on 30/04/2018 at 14:47

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experiences of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and your expression of gratitude to the Mental Health Services. As you know CBT is a time limited form of psychotherapy. It focuses on making changes to thoughts and behaviours which may be contributing to the problem. It is a collaborative approach whereby the therapist helps the client to understand the problem and work towards targets and goals.

I am glad that you were able to avail of therapy quite promptly when you were going through a very difficut time. It sounds as though you benefited greatly from it and gained valuable tools that I am sure you will continue to use into the future. There is a demand for the service and as such there is a waiting list. However we endeavour to see people as soon as possible.

I have passed on your positive story to Maria, Dr O Neill and the Community Mental Health Team. I am sure they will appreciate your kind words.

I wish you well in the future.



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