Anxiety/OCD

How Long Will Recovery Take?

Recovery takes time, but how much?

If you really want the truth, here it is: As long as it takes.

We all know the age-old saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I’m sure you’ve heard it countless times from teachers, parents, friends, etc. Those words have the potential to make us feel good when we feel like our desired result is taking too long. What it fails to tell us is exactly how long it will take. In fact, it shouldn’t.

Far too often, I’ve found myself frustrated when I think about the fact that I still struggle with OCD. You can read more about my struggle here. I’m definitely improving, but I’m not cured. Why do I get frustrated even while seeing improvements? Because it feels like it’s all happening too slow for my liking. If we could all snap our fingers and be instantly cured we would jump on that opportunity, but life seldom works the way we plan.

So the truth is that recovery will simply take as long as it takes. For some, it may be a matter of months. Others may need a year or two. I’ve certainly read about people who seem to have woken up one day and found themselves never worried again. Good for them! That’s awesome. But I shouldn’t compare my recovery to them because no two journeys will be the same. Let’s recognize our personal journey for what it is: uniquely ours. So the next time you feel frustrated because you aren’t where you want to be, realize that the process will take as long as needs to. The recovery will be worth the wait.

Much love -Aud

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