Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bloggage: SADLY MY “EXETER OCD SUPPORT GROUP” IS OFFICIALLY DEAD AS OF TODAY – AM EXPERIENCING PSYCHOSIS

Sadly I am too ill to continue running my “Exeter OCD Support Group” and have officially disbanded it today – my below email to the group explains I am experiencing Psychosis.

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Gemma Gladstone <gemma.gladstone@gmail.com>
Date: 10 February 2014 16:06
Subject: Re: Sadly my “Exeter OCD Support Group” is officially dead as of today [IN THE END ACTUALLY THE FOLLOWING DAY, SYMBOLICALLY 11 FEBRUARY 2014]
To: [2ND MESSAGE SENT BY EMAIL/FACEBOOK TO ALL CURRENT 4 REGULAR MEMBERS & 3 NON-REGULAR MEMBERS – ALL HAVE REPLIED WITH KIND MESSAGES]

AM NOT UP TO SPEAKING AT THE MO, [MEMBER’S NAME DELETED] – CAN YOU REPLY TO MY BELOW MESSAGE (SO I KNOW YOU’VE SEEN IT) TO SAVE ME HAVING TO PHONE YOU NOW?

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Gemma Gladstone <gemma.gladstone@gmail.com>
Date: 10 February 2014 14:00
Subject: Sadly my “Exeter OCD Support Group” is officially dead as of today [IN THE END ACTUALLY THE FOLLOWING DAY, SYMBOLICALLY 11 FEBRUARY 2014]
To: [1ST MESSAGE SENT BY EMAIL/FACEBOOK TO ALL CURRENT 4 REGULAR MEMBERS & 3 NON-REGULAR MEMBERS]

Hi members of my small, informal “Exeter OCD Support Group”,

Re: Sadly my “Exeter OCD Support Group” is officially dead as of today

As you know, I have been too ill to run the group last month (January) or attend it myself the previous month (December) – I was only able, during these two months, to do the necessary admin/coordination work plus provide telephone support while the group was still advertised.
Sadly I am too ill to run the group this month too, i.e. today’s meeting is obviously not going ahead as I haven’t sent anyone the group text.

As you know, I have been really struggling to run the group for a long time.
My therapist, WORLD LEADING OCD EXPERT Prof Paul Salkovskis, is continuing to assess me to decide whether my Psychosis is OCD & PSYCHOTIC DEPRESSION or PSYCHOTIC OCD (“DELUSIONAL OCD” / “OBSESSIONAL PSYCHOSIS”) – PAUL IS THE ONLY MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WHO HAS REALISED THAT I AM ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING PSYCHOSIS!

I have now accepted that I am too ill to run the group and have decided to disband it as of now, February 2014.
As you know, I AM A PROUD MEMBER OF OCD-UK (RUN SOLELY BY SUFFERERS/EX-SUFFERERS) – PATRON PAUL IS MY THERAPIST!
Please contact OCD-UK for support – their website at www.ocduk.org/ includes a helpline and online Forums.

I will briefly phone all members to explain the above today.

Your friend,
Gemma

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Gemma Gladstone – Therapeutic Writer

Therapeutic Writer in Channel 4’s JON RICHARDSON: A LITTLE BIT OCD documentary, channelling my re-writing and proofreading compulsions into supernatural fiction

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