Gemma, 40, Essex, UK

GemmaBoyd“I have a dual diagnosis of OCD and PTSD, which I’ve been suffering with for 10 years.

At the moment, every day feels like an uphill struggle to separate out reality from unreality, but I maintain my self-employment as a musician and writer.

I also run an allotment which helps enormously with my mental health – in fact, I can’t recommend exercise enough as a way of keeping mind and body healthy.

Here is the link to my blog: ‘Breaking Free From Chronic OCD: My Self-Directed Journey’:. It documents my personal fight to bring my OCD under control and contains useful resources for fellow OCD sufferers, their loved ones, and healthcare professionals.”

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