When did you realize you have OCD? Share to show your support!
I want to start off saying what OCD is NOT just about cleaning or putting things in order. It is not about washing your hands 20 times. It is a mental illness. It makes you feel like you have to do something over and over again because you feel like you have to or something bad will happen. It’s something that you can’t help on your own. Telling people they don’t have it because they are lazy or don’t like cleaning, it is not true. It has nothing to do with cleaning.
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How is it linked to anxiety? Anxiety feeds off the OCD and OCD feeds off anxiety. It is a never-ending cycle that keeps going until you get help. Those little thoughts never leave your mind and come out of nowhere, and if you try to ignore them, they get worse. I had it to where I went into an anxiety attack because I tried to make the thoughts stop. Trust me – it NEVER stops!
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At times, I don’t even want to get out bed because of fear of me touching something. I have to keep touching the same thing for 20 minutes. I had people call me crazy because I just keep standing there poking a chair. When you finish doing that, it stops for a little bit and then out nowhere it happens again. It is not that easy to talk to someone out of fear that they would not be able to understand or simply think you are crazy. Trust me when I say it gets better with medications. Talking to someone about it truly helps. Admitting you have a problem and asking for help from the right people is already a way to the solution.