Jeff Bell (jbellnews) Fri 23 Mar 07 09:09
RE: Externalizing >>I seem to recall your mentioning something about externalizing the disorder<< Almost everyone I know who battles OCD has found "externalizing" to be a very powerful tool in confronting obsessive thoughts. My own guess is that is has to do with the added perspective that comes from separating rational and irrational thoughts. As I detail in my book, my externalized OCD takes the form of Christof, from "The Truman Show." It's a long story, but still one of my favorites... and applies to this day!
Jeff Bell (jbellnews) Fri 23 Mar 07 09:19
RE: Prognosis >>what's the prognosis? Again underlining that you don't put yourself out there as an expert, but what does your reading and research tell you about what to expect as you get older?<< From everything I've read and experienced, this is what I've come to expect in the years ahead: Good days. Bad Days. But never days quite as bad as my worst, because I now know my way out! The worst trap I've fallen into in recent years has been that of complacence. OCD recovery is an ongoing challenge and requires great vigilance. When I let my guard down, I become vulnerable. When I stop pushing myself, I become more apt to slip back into a life of avoidance. Somewhere along the way, I shifted my recovery goals from "getting cured" to "learning to live with the disorder." That's made all the difference in the world. My life today--ongoing OCD challenges and all--is wonderful. I am very, very blessed!
Angie (coiro) Fri 23 Mar 07 12:45
What a great place to leave it! - and so we will. Jeff, thank you so much. Best of luck to you and yours.
virtual community or butter? (bumbaugh) Fri 23 Mar 07 13:16
Yes, thank you, Jeff, for sharing all this with use here. And thanks so much, Angie, for your able facilitation.
mother of my eyelid (frako) Fri 23 Mar 07 17:28
It was really interesting, Angie and Jeff.
Jeff Bell (jbellnews) Fri 23 Mar 07 18:41
My thanks to all of you for this great opportunity to share my story in more than just sound bytes. (Yeah, I know... an ironic comment from someone who makes a living reducing life to sound bytes!) Your thoughtful, astute questions have been truly refreshing, and I've thoroughly enjoyed spending this time with you. Angie, you're a gem.. but I knew that already from our many radio years together. Cynthia and David, thanks for making this happen. I'll leave you with a sincere invitation to keep in touch. My online home these days is www.RewindReplayRepeat.com and my email is jeff@RewindReplayRepeat.com With gratitude, - jeff
Angie (coiro) Thu 12 Apr 07 11:56
Jeff's story is in the Chron today: <http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/04/12/DDG1RP4CQ440.DTL> It's currently titled "The DJ Had a Secret" on SFGate, an error I just sent them a scolding for.
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