Obsessive mental health - my story

I have been struggling with obsessive thoughts for many years. It all started when I was younger and I wasn’t able to control my mind like I should’ve been able to. Things spiral out of control, and soon enough I was caught in a cycle of anxious thoughts that felt better when acted out.

Eventually, my obsessive behavior caused me to isolate myself from those around me. My relationships, work, social activities, and hobbies were all pushed aside as my compulsions took over. That’s when I realized how damaging this disorder was to my mental health and decided to seek help.

My path to recovery is ongoing. It took a lot of bravery and courage on my part, but with the support of friends, family, and mental health professionals, things are gradually getting better. I work diligently on improving myself through cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation techniques, guided relaxation exercises, medication when necessary, journal writing about my thoughts and emotions, and regular communication with an understanding therapist or psychologist who understands my disorder on a personal level.

I am learning that the key to managing obsessive-compulsive behaviour is accepting it as part of who I am — that it does not define me as a person. Surrounding myself by a strong support system has been essential in making this process easier for me and providing new tools that will benefit me in the long run.