5 August 2012 - 11:45
It very much depends on how we use it as to whether it is reassurance. It is if we come on continually seeking reassurance from others, but that's not the only way to use the forums.
We can use it to help to motivate and inspire each other including posting in the Achievement Section
We can use it to prevent ourselves feeling quite so isolated and depressed.
We can use it to share our experiences with others who understand and who won't judge.
We can use it to get help and support from others in a similar situation. For instance if we get stuck with our CBT in between sessions or if we're having problems at home because of our OCD.
We can use it to gain knowledge from other members - remember we can learn just as much from the negatives as we can from the positives.
By reading the posts we can discover that we're not alone with our particular OCD symptoms. Finding out that others have similar symptoms can give us the courage to tell the professionals about all our symptoms.
We can use it to build our confidence and self esteem. Many who have joined this forum didn't have the confidence to go to their GP to get help for their OCD as they were too embarrassed to speak about it. But by coming onto this forum and talking to others they were able to take that first step and see their GP.
Discussions on the forum enable us to exercise those little grey cells, by discussing latest trends etc and it also gives us the opportunity to get to know each other.
It's also a great place to share details of any media items about OCD that we find.
The Coffee Break Section is great for escaping from our OCD and for having a laugh. When I was at my lowest I frequently sought refuge in the Coffee Break Section.
The forum is like a community and as such it's us, the members, that make it a truly supportive and friendly community.
Just saying "Hi" to someone can make them feel wanted