A nd while my therapist likely wakes up and checks his phone each morning, longing for my call, I haven't given up a form of therapy, either. Now more than ever, I know the importance of talking about how I feel, encouraging others to do the same, and even just chatting about how to get knuckled or fed up we are from time to time.
Over the past year, I've found the more I talk about how I feel, the more others I know because to open up to me. Not talking about whispered chats in pub corners with close friends, but honest, how are you conversations. We talk about how we feel, list to each other, offer help when we can, and then move on to the football / cinema / ballet dancing. Simple.
The point, really, is that one year in, this is what works for me, and it might not be exactly what works for you, if you're willing to work in and face OCD head on, you 'll soon realize its power to influence your day is all in your mind.
One last note. The book Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Overcoming Books) has been stressed. It might have saved my life, and I can't recommend it for anyone suffering from OCD, anxiety, or any line of continued disturbing thought.