One of the chapters I cover in Crochet Saved My Life is how crochet can help people who are dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I go through many of the related benefits of crochet, but wouldn’t it make more sense to hear it from someone who has been there? That’s why I was excited to see a post about the book recently on the Mad Whimsy blog sharing the true personal experience of using crochet to help with the condition.
Mad Whimsy’s Health
Mad Whimsy explains in the post:
“I’ve lived with waxing-and-waning depression, anxiety disorders, and ever-present OCD since I was a teenager, beginning in roughly 1985. Most of the time those mental problems are in hibernation mode but they always reappear, often coinciding with periods of what I call Bad Head Days: those are days in which either I’m migraining or the ever-present occipital neuralgia headache is unignorable and untreatable.”
4 Ways Crochet Helped
Mad Whimsy talks a lot about the many reasons that crochet made sense as a healing tool for her. I hope you’ll read her full post to learn all about it but I’ve pulled out four major reasons to highlight here:
- “Counting stitches + invisible patterns made by hands twirling and swooping through the air = a very happy activity for one with OCD.”
- “Many of us with OCD also like repetitive movements and crochet affords many types of repetition.”
- ”It’s easy for a wandering mind to get lost in the movements of the stitches and the feel of the yarn slipping through the fingers the same way a thousand times an hour.”
- “I wasn’t creatively juicy enough to make things out of thin air, but something was itching at the back of my mind to make something. So crochet, with its seemingly exact instructions, could tell me step by step how to make something without my needing to flex a creative muscle that had all-but atrophied from lack of use.”
I especially like that last point. Crochet provides endless opportunities for creativity when you’re feeling like being self-expressive but it also offers easy-to-follow patterns that make it possible to create something even when you don’t feel creative at all. Questo è utile per le persone nel corso di un periodo di maggese, indipendentemente dal fatto o non hanno a che fare con questioni come disturbo ossessivo compulsivo o la depressione.
Mantenere le mani occupate
Mad Whimsy non menziona questo problema specifico, ma ho voluto sottolineare che crochet può anche essere un ottimo modo per tenere le mani occupate, che è utile per molti sintomi OCD. Un sacco di persone con OCD (ma non tutti, naturalmente) impegnarsi in abitudini fisiche distruttive come strapparsi i capelli, Raccolta pelle, cifratura chiodo, eccessivo lavaggio delle mani, eccetera. Attività come crochet possono tenere le mani occupate mentre l'individuo lavora su fermare quei comportamenti.