Hello! Happy Friday, all! I’m new to this community, but it seems like such a beautiful, supportive online environment—and that’s what I’m seeking during this difficult period in my life. I’m 17 and was diagnosed with OCD only a few weeks ago. I’m now on Prozac, attending talk therapy, and will be starting CBT and DBT in a week or two. (So...I have an exciting therapy-filled summer ahead of me! 😂) It’s a daily struggle to believe that this is truly a disease (rather than a reflection of who I am as a person), and it’s equally challenging to feel hopeful that I can get my life back, when it’s difficult to remember what normal felt like at this point. 😕 I’ve been instructed by my psychiatrist (and mother) to stay away from the Internet, so I’ve been vacillating over whether or not to post here for many days. But I decided to do it, despite feeling somewhat guilty, because I feel a need to connect with people whose experiences are similar to my own. The posts I’ve read here thus far have really empowered me, and I’d like to get further engaged with this community. 😊I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful support system (my family and mental health professionals), but sometimes I just want to communicate with people who actually have a firsthand understanding of what I’m experiencing. I look forward to getting to know you all!