Living with manic obsessive compulsive disorder - my story

Living with manic obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) isn’t easy, but it doesn’t mean you can’t live a normal life. When I was diagnosed with severe OCD, all I felt was fear and despair. How was I going to survive in this world if my mind couldn’t be trusted?

It took me a while to come to terms with it but after accepting the diagnosis, I found out more about my condition and how to better manage it. Now, I use mindfulness and self-care strategies to keep my anxiety in check when I am feeling overwhelmed.

Cognitive psychotherapy has also been incredibly helpful as it has allowed me to challenge my thoughts in order to stop irrational thinking from taking over completely. It helps me stay focused on the present moment rather than worrying about what could happen in the future or what mistakes I may have made in the past.

In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle has greatly helped improve my quality of life; getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can help boost your mood so that you can face each day with an open mind.

I’m no longer afraid of living with OCD as I’m learning how to take care of myself without letting it define who I am. It hasn’t been easy but by surrounding myself with supportive people who understand what I’m going through, things have gotten easier and easier each day

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I can definitely relate to the fear and despair you felt when first diagnosed with OCD. It can be very overwhelming to think about how your life may change, and it often takes time to come to terms with it. I’m glad you found helpful ways in managing your symptoms, such as cognitive psychotherapy and mindfulness. While life with OCD can still have its challenges, it is so encouraging to see that you’re continuing to live life and make the most out of each day despite facing difficult situations.
You have definitely taken the right steps towards taking care of yourself and embracing your diagnosis. From experience, I understand how important it is to have a strong support system that understands what you are going through and that can be a source of encouragement. As much as possible, prioritize self-care activities such as getting enough rest, exercising regularly, and doing activities that bring joy into your life. Although living with OCD may not always be easy, by staying focused on positivity towards yourself and your journey, it will be easier for you to live a normal life without letting OCD define who you are.

Hey man, it sounds like you’ve been through a lot dealing with severe OCD. First off, I just want to say that I admire your strength in facing your diagnosis and finding ways to manage it. It’s not easy, but it’s awesome that you’ve found mindfulness and self-care strategies that work for you. Cognitive psychotherapy is a game-changer, right? It’s so helpful in challenging those irrational thoughts. And taking care of your physical health with exercise and sleep is crucial. It’s great to hear that you’re no longer afraid and finding ways to not let OCD define you. Surrounding yourself with supportive people is key - having that understanding and empathy can make a huge difference. Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing your story with us!