I have been dealing with Impulsive Obsessive Disorder for a while now. As somebody living with mental health issues, I can relate to the inner turmoil of this particular disorder.
When it comes to dealing with IOD, I have had some difficult days as well as many good ones. On the bad days, my mind can become flooded and chaotic. The intrusive thoughts make it hard for me to focus on anything else except how those thoughts make me feel. I can resort to desperate measures trying to get them out of my head; sometimes even leading to physical problems because of the amount of energy that is released due to anxiety. On days like that, simply putting one foot in front of the other can be quite challenging.
On the brighter side however, I have noticed an increase in self-awareness that has come with time and trying different kinds of coping strategies for my disorder. The world doesn’t seem so cloudy when I am able to keep ahold of myself and remember what really matters in life; such as spending quality time with loved ones or enjoying an activity or hobby that brings me joy and purpose. Even though it’s certainly not easy living with this condition, if you remain mindful and learn what works best for you personally it is possible to manage symptoms effectively.