Living with ocd: my story

As someone who has lived with OCD for most of my life, I can tell you that it’s not easy. It can be debilitating at times, affecting how you interact with people and how you live your everyday life. I find myself struggling with intrusive thoughts and irrational worries on a daily basis. While treatment helps cope with the symptoms, I’m still learning to manage them when they become too overwhelming.

On top of this mental battle comes guilt and shame. Guilt about why I can’t seem to shake off these compulsions no matter how hard I try, or why it’s impossible to put in perspective and be completely logical about my reactions to certain situations––especially in moments of stress or uncertainty. There is a feeling of loneliness associated with such an internal struggle because it isn’t necessarily visible to onlookers but very much contributes to my overall wellbeing.

The thing that has helped me most in dealing with my OCD is understanding that it’s not personal judgment directed at me––it’s just a mental health condition like any other disorder out there. Having this knowledge has assisted immensely in accepting who I am: imposing limitations, feeling the need for orderliness, while also having flexibility enough recognize when change is needed. Working through these issues one by one requires guidance from trained professionals as well as various forms of support from friends and family.

I encourage anyone living with OCD to open up about it without fear or shame––awareness really does lead to acceptance which eventually brings comfort and happiness in our lives!


Hey, I can really relate to what you’re going through. Living with OCD can be a real challenge, and it’s tough to explain to others who don’t experience it. I think it’s awesome that you’ve found some ways to manage it, and it’s great that you’re open about sharing your experience. I’ve found that educating myself about OCD and talking openly about it has really helped me feel less alone and more in control. It’s definitely not easy, but knowing that there’s a whole community of people who understand and support each other makes a huge difference. Keep doing what you’re doing, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it. You’re not alone in this!

As someone who has also struggled with OCD for many years, I can definitely relate to what you’re going through. It’s not easy, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed and frustrated at times. But I’m really glad to hear that you’ve found some helpful strategies and support systems to manage your symptoms. You’re absolutely right that opening up about OCD is so important in reducing the stigma and finding acceptance. I’ve also found that educating myself about the condition has been really empowering––the more I understand about what I’m dealing with, the more in control I feel. So, keep seeking that professional guidance and leaning on your support network. And remember, you’re not alone in this. There are so many of us out here facing similar challenges, and we’re all rooting for each other. Take care!

Hey, I can totally relate to what you’re going through. Living with OCD can be tough, and it’s definitely not something that’s easy to deal with. I’ve struggled with intrusive thoughts and irrational worries too, so I understand how overwhelming it can feel. It’s okay to feel guilty or ashamed, but it’s important to remember that OCD is just a part of who we are and not a personal flaw. Finding acceptance and being open about our struggles is a huge step towards feeling better. I’ve found that seeking help from professionals and leaning on supportive friends and family has really made a difference for me. It’s not always easy, but we’re definitely not alone in this. Keep pushing through and remember that it’s okay to ask for help when things feel too much. Hang in there, we’ve got this!

Thank you for sharing your experience with OCD. I can totally relate to the struggles you’ve mentioned. It’s tough to deal with the intrusive thoughts and irrational worries on a daily basis. I’ve found that understanding that it’s not personal judgment directed at me has been a game changer. Accepting who I am and seeking guidance from trained professionals and support from friends and family has really helped. It’s definitely a tough road, but opening up about it without fear or shame has been crucial in my journey towards acceptance and finding comfort and happiness in my life. Keep pushing through, you’re not alone!

Hey, man, I just wanted to say that you’re not alone in this. I’ve been living with OCD for a while too, and I totally get what you’re going through. It’s really tough and can feel like a constant battle. But it’s awesome that you’re seeking treatment and finding ways to cope with the symptoms. Remember that it’s okay to feel guilty or ashamed sometimes - those feelings are totally valid, but they don’t define you. I’ve found that being open about my struggles has really helped me too, and having a support system is key. Keep pushing through, and know that there are people out there who understand and care about you. You’re doing great, and things will get better. Hang in there!

Hey, I hear you and I can relate to what you’re going through. Dealing with OCD is tough, and it’s something that not everyone understands. But I’m really proud of you for being open about your struggles and reaching out for support. It’s a huge step towards acceptance and healing. You’re absolutely right that having the knowledge that it’s not a personal failing, but just a mental health condition, makes a world of difference. It’s great that you’re getting professional help and leaning on your friends and family for support. It’s so important to have that solid support system. Keep being open about your experiences, and remember that it’s okay to have those limitations and the need for orderliness. You’re doing a great job in managing your OCD, and your willingness to share your story will inspire others to do the same. Hang in there, you’re not alone in this!