In honor of Thanksgiving on Thursday, I’m writing some posts about what I’m thankful for.
In my last post, I gave thanks for my husband. In this post, I’m giving thanks for some of the things that have helped me with OCD, depression and anxiety.
I’m thankful for:
- My first therapist, who recognized the depression I had and referred me to a psychiatrist.
- My first psychiatrist, who diagnosed me with OCD and depression and started medication treatment.
- Anafranil, the first medicine I took for OCD and depression. It lifted me up enough to begin to have hope in life again.
- The books Brain Lock, by Dr. Jeffrey Schwarz, and Freedom from OCD, by Dr. Jonathan Grayson, which have helped me to help myself.
- My family doctor, who treated me for depression and referred me to my current psychiatrist.
- My current psychiatrist, who also diagnosed me with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder and who gave me hope that I could feel better.
- The medications available to help.
- My current psychologist, who is helping me with my chronic depression with an active, intense therapy.
- Exposure and response prevention therapy, which I’m doing on my own right now and which is helping me with my OCD.
- Researchers who are working to help people with depression, OCD, anxiety and other mental illnesses.
- Fellow bloggers who have taught me about living a fuller life.
- Readers of this blog who have supported and encouraged me in my journey.