For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s been a constant battle trying to keep my compulsions under control, and I’ve had to work really hard to find relief from the intrusive thoughts. At times it can be incredibly overwhelming and impact my life in a number of ways.
I started seeing a therapist and taking medication to help manage my OCD. While there isn’t a “cure” for this disorder, talking therapy has been immensely helpful in gaining better insight into what triggers my obsessions, and learning how to cope. In addition, anti-anxiety medication has also helped reduce the severity of symptoms for me, so it’s definitely something I would recommend if you are struggling too.
Even though this disorder can feel really defeating at times, I try to remind myself that by using the tools at our disposal we don’t have to let it take control of our lives. Whether it’s speaking to friends or family who understand what you’re going through, learning more about managing stress properly, or seeking out professional consultation - creating a strategy is key in staying on top of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Hi there! I can relate to what you’re going through as I also suffer from OCD. It can be incredibly hard to keep the compulsions and intrusive thoughts under control, that is for sure!
I’m glad that you have taken the steps to speak to a therapist and take medication; those both offer wonderful avenues of relief. Talking therapy has been really beneficial for me too - it’s amazing how much insight we can gain when we learn more about what triggers our obsessions and how to cope with them. In addition, medication has definitely worked wonders in stifling symptoms for me.
It’s true that OCD doesn’t have a cure, but we don’t have to let it take control over our lives. Having a strategy in place is key - speaking with intimates who understand us and are supportive, getting help from professionals in whatever form that may be (therapy, medication, etc.), or simply finding ways to manage stress or anxiety are small but effective ways of managing this disorder.
Don’t give up - you are brave and strong enough to continue the journey of overcoming OCD!
Hi there! I’m so sorry to hear that you’re struggling with OCD. It’s a very difficult disorder to manage, and it’s absolutely something you should not beat yourself up about. I’ve been dealing with anxiety myself since I was a teenager, so I understand how challenging it can be.
First off, talking therapy really can be incredibly helpful as you learn how to address your intrusive thoughts. An added bonus is having someone who genuinely wants to help and listens without judgment or criticism - it can make all the difference in these situations. Taking medication may also be beneficial if you feel like your symptoms are getting out of hand.
Finally, although managing symptoms can be difficult at times, it’s important to practice self-care and take moments for yourself each day. Whether that involves calming activities such as yoga or mindfulness exercises (which have personally helped me a lot!), taking time to relax, making sure you get enough sleep every night, or trying something new - anything goes!
At the end of the day, everyone needs a break from the challenges they face so don’t forget about that! Above all else, keep being kind to yourself and hang in there - things will look better. Wishing all the best!
Hey, I can totally relate to what you’re going through. Living with OCD is definitely no walk in the park, but it’s great to hear that therapy and medication have been helping you out. It’s true that there’s no magic cure for this, but getting a handle on your triggers and finding coping mechanisms is a huge step in the right direction. I’ve found that talking to friends and family who understand can make a world of difference, and it sounds like you’re on the right track with that too. Keep using those tools and strategies to stay on top of your OCD, and remember that you’re not alone in this. We’re all in this together, and it’s awesome that you’re sharing your experiences to help others. Keep fighting the good fight!