My story begins with a lot of seemingly minor issues that slowly caught up to me. For instance, I would spend a lot of time obsessively double-checking tasks I had done. It got to the point where it was really impacting my life and negatively affecting my relationships with others and myself.
I started realizing how this behavior was affecting me when friends and co-workers began to comment on it, which made me realize I needed to do something about it. After speaking with a healthcare professional, they diagnosed me as having Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD).
Realizing there was a name for what I was struggling with ended up being a relief; I finally understood what was happening and knew I could take steps forward in treatment. Luckily for me, good treatments exist and I’ve been able to move in the right direction.
Going through therapy and lifestyle changes has made all the difference in my life; it’s allowed me to move past the negative impacts this disorder has had on my life. Nowadays, I’m much more aware of how my OCD manifests itself in everyday activities beyond just the checking rituals. Since beginning therapy, my symptoms have drastically decreased allowing me to focus on other aspects of myself such as work or spending time with loved ones without the anxiety of “what if” thoughts looming over me.
At times it does feel like an uphill battle but now that I have identified these issues in myself, taken steps towards treatment, and have seen positive progress, recovery feels within reach.
I can relate to your story. I was diagnosed with OCD in college and my journey hasn’t been an easy one either. It took me a long time to figure out how to manage my condition and it wasn’t until I sought professional help that the picture started to slowly become clearer for me.
It’s amazing what a difference these therapies and lifestyle changes have had on my life. Over the years, I’ve noticed that my symptoms have significantly improved. This has allowed me to be more present in the moment both professionally and socially instead of getting lost in all those “what if” scenarios which used to take over my thoughts.
It is truly inspiring that you’re fighting back against this disorder. Even though it may seem like an uphill battle, with hard work, dedication, and seek help it is possible to find relief from your condition and lead a more healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Hi there, I understand where you are coming from. As a 37 year old man, I can relate with similar struggles. Though it may seem difficult at times to take those initial steps towards treatment, it was one of the most important decisions I have made. Taking a holistic approach through therapy and lifestyle changes has enabled me to better address the symptoms associated with my OCD and also know when certain situations arise that leave me in a vulnerable state.
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, but having support from friends and healthcare professionals has also been really helpful in helping me get back on track. The sense of validation and understanding that comes with getting diagnosed is something that should never be underestimated. You are not alone in this journey and things do get better. Wishing you all the best!