'A return to a normal state of health, mind or strength.'


'The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.'

In my opinion, these are two very different definitions. To say that recovery is a return to a normal state of health, mind or strength is very limiting. Normality is different for everyone.

The second definition is, for me, much better. With OCD, I think that you recover every time you challenge it: every time you do something that you are worried to do; every time you try again despite how difficult you find it; every time you say no to those thoughts inside your head.

I hope one day I will see recovery in a different way. It can be very difficult to think about recovery when it seems so far away from where you are now but I think that seeing each little step as a recovery in itself is very important with OCD and all mental health disorders.

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