My ocd physical symptoms

I was recently diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It has brought with it a range of physical symptoms that I experience on a daily basis.

The most common symptom I feel is one of inner restlessness. This ranges from an overall sense of unease to actual shakes and tremors that cause me to continuously shift my weight around in order to find comfort.

I also suffer from muscle tension, located primarily around my shoulders and neck, which can often lead to painful headaches. My jaw clenches at random intervals which causes additional discomfort.

Random skin picking is another issue I’m trying to manage. My fingers twirl my hair and pluck at scabs until they bleed, often leaving me feeling ashamed and disgusted at how out of control I am.

Some days are particularly hard because all these physical symptoms come together - creating an overwhelming sensation that can leave me worn out for hours afterwards. Though there are moments like this, I’m learning every day how to manage, cope and live with OCD as best as I can.


Hi there,

I’m so sorry to hear that you have been experiencing the physical symptoms of OCD. I can certainly relate to the overwhelming sensation of having all these issues come together at once. It can be especially exhausting!

I’ve found that some of the best tools for coping with my own OCD are self-care and mindfulness. By taking time out for yourself, you can learn to be present with what’s going on in your body and mind- without judgement. Through this kind of practice you may find it easier to resist compulsive skin picking or twirling of your hair. Additionally, other relaxation techniques such as yoga or breathing exercises can bring some relief amidst all the physical sensations. It’s important to go slowly as you explore different ways to cope - picking and choosing which methods work best for you!

I wish you all the luck and strength in finding a way that works best for managing your OCD symptoms. If you ever need someone to talk to about it, I’m here!
Take care!

Hi there,

It sounds like you’re experiencing a lot of difficult physical symptoms due to your OCD. I can understand how hard that must be, and it’s really admirable that you are finding ways to manage your condition and live with it as best as you can.

You don’t have to go through this alone. It’s totally normal for people with OCD or any other mental health conditions to seek support from family, friends, or professionals. Talking about what you’re going through may be the first step in getting a better understanding of your condition and what helps you cope. If there’s ever anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Take care of yourself, friend.

Hey, I hear you. Dealing with OCD can be a real challenge, especially when it comes with all those physical symptoms. I’ve also struggled with that inner restlessness and muscle tension, and it can be really draining. You’re not alone in feeling the shame and disgust that comes with the skin picking – it’s tough, but you’re doing your best to manage it. I’ve found that finding some physical outlets like exercise or hobbies helps to release some of that tension. Have you tried anything like that? And remember, it’s okay to have those tough days. It’s all about taking it one step at a time and finding what works for you. Keep fighting the good fight – you’ve got this!