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ocdmitzi77

Bio: I'm a person who has battled with Anxiety Disorders in varying degrees for most of my life. As a child i struggled with differing mental obsessions and social anxiety. After marrying and the birth of our first child my anxiety disorders peaked to an excruciating level. I experienced so many Panic attacks in a day that I would lose count. I began to struggle with excruciating obsessional themes that robbed me of my ability to enjoy any aspect of life ranging from the simple pleasure of being able to eat without gagging on my food to just being able to get a few hours of sleep per night. Over the years I've struggled with mental obsessions that were related to my causing harm to loved ones, harm to myself, health obsessions, driving phobia and religious obsessions. It wasn't until I reached the age of 50 that I finally gained the knowledge that I had been struggling with OCD of the Pure O variety for most of my life. That discovery changed my life in that I finally understood what had been wrong with me and more importantly how to manage it. My experience of living with this excruciating disorder has created a level of compassion in me for others who share my disorder. Right alongside of this new level of empathy and compassion for those who are hurting has come a greater appreciation of and wonder at the grace and strength that my Lord Jesus has provided in and through all of it. It is truly IN trials and suffering that we become conqueror's as we lay hold of His grace and power to press on. If it weren't for my affliction I doubt I'd ever have understood the words of the apostle Paul as he penned his letter to the Corinthian believers: "I will therefore glory in my affliction in order that the power of Christ may rest more fully upon me." Over the past couple years I've been writing and sharing with others about my disorder and have found that it's such a blessing to offer up hope and encouragement to others who are struggling. I've also written and published a book about my life with Panic Disorder and OCD which is available for purchase as an E-book on Amazon.com. I'll be sharing excerpts from that publication from time to time in blog format. I am currently working on a fictional novel that relates the story of a teen girl who struggles with anxiety and how it impacts her daily life.

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. James March 23, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    How do i follow your blog? I am a Christian Counseling student and I am very interested in OCD and other mental illneses. Thank you, James Mc

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    • ocdmitzi77 September 10, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      I’m not real savvy about WordPress regarding how to subscribe or follow blogs. I think you have to be a WordPress user to follow other’s blogs, but I’m not completely sure. What you can do is to “like” and follow my FB page because I share all my blogs on there and also on my twitter account. Here’s the link to my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/StrivingsWithinChristiansWithAnxietyDisorders/

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  2. Kevin December 14, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Thank you Mitzi for your blog! Your latest September post was particularly a help.

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  3. A.J. Michaels March 30, 2016 / 3:20 am

    I’m excuted to read more of your blog! I also suffer from OCD, especially within my relationship with God. So good to find others who share my struggles!

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  4. Shelley October 20, 2016 / 1:57 am

    I am so thankful to other OCD sufferers that share their struggles and their triumphs. I am also a Christian dealing with OCD within my Christian faith. It’s so difficult to differentiate the two. You can only ask for forgiveness so many times before you go crazy! The Lord forgives us the 1st time but OCD makes us think otherwise. It’s helped me to think to myself “intrusive thought” in place of the prayers and to redirect my thoughts and actions immediately to something else.

    Thank you so much for your blog!!

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    • ocdmitzi77 November 1, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      That’s great! Redirecting our thoughts and attention to something else, even while the OCD is blathering on and on in the background is a very efficient way to manage it.

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  5. Liv November 9, 2016 / 2:37 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCES! I have only struggled with OCD for a few years, and it is moderate (which can be tricky bc sometimes I will feel pretty normal for a while and then out of the blue I will be in the trenches of anxiety and despair, which makes it so confusing). But I am still figuring everything out which is very scary and difficult (as I’m sure you know). It started attacking my religion about 2 years ago but I thought I overcame it. It has started again recently and it is TERRIBLE. There is a lot of information online about all the other types, and a lot about scrupulocity in general, but hardly ANYTHING about doubt. This has given me so much hope and peace. Thank you for being brave and taking the time to share your experiences! I actually help run a non-profit called The 444 Project which my friend started, who suffers from severe depression and bi-polar disorder. She inspires hope and encourages all to find joy and light in darkness. We get many emails like the one I am writing now… But for the first time I truly understand how they are feeling on the other side! I just want to hug you! Haha. Feel free to check out our project if you want more hope and light 🙂 Anyway, thank you again and keep fighting!

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