Living with OCD compulsions has been a journey that has defined me as an individual and how I go through life. Some days are better than others, and I have learned to manage it in ways that allow me to lead a fairly normal life.
I know many of my compulsions by heart because it gives me a certain sense of comfort and control. Whether its counting to five every time I walk into a room or turning the lights off and on three times before leaving the house, these rituals give structure to my day and provide stability amidst the chaos.
It can be really challenging when I’m overtaken by an urge that I cannot control. When this happens, it feels like my chest is going to cave in due to the immense pressure put upon me by my obsessions. To make matters worse, there have been several occasions where my daily activities slow down drastically due to random intrusive thoughts involving something bad happening.
Having OCD is not something that will disappear overnight, but there are ways one can manage their symptoms. Whether it’s seeking professional help from therapists or trying cognitive behavioral therapy, there are so many avenues one can take for coping with their issues. Treatment won’t be easy but it’s worth finding out what works best for you in order to find relief from your obsessions and compulsions so you can live your life with ease.