The national OCD charity, run by and for people with lived experience of OCD
For my loved ones to keep in mind
One day you go on a gentle walk in the park and spot a swan.
The swan seems happy, happy and relaxed.
Imagine for a minute that the swan resembles someone suffering from OCD.
Others walk past you and describe the swan as ‘gracefully floating by’,
yet underneath the surface it is frantically pushing against OCD,
giving all its time and energy only to keep its head above the surface.
This is what it feels like to have OCD.
Please remember that even when we seem to be ‘gracefully passing by’, it’s often these times when OCD is the loudest. Offering to be that stepping stone in the water, or even just to listen helps to quieten OCD.
The quieter OCD is, the more likely we swans are able to finally fly.
To fly and be free from OCD.
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