Hello my name is Lewis and for some years I've been dealing with an OCD, it all started a few years ago, one time that I developed a skin condition and doctors couldn't find the cause for months, several tests, different diagnoses, etc, eventually they did but by then I was already obsessed about things that could cause it and afraid to touch certain objects that were "contaminated", eventually with the usual overthinking of the OCD I also got afraid, or obsessed I should say, of just getting sick by touching things and not wash my hands right after. To this day I have the need to wash my hands very often, (way too often) and using antibacterial gel or wipes on objects that are "contaminated" and I get stressed or with anxiety when I don't do this, I always thought it was something I could take care and improve on my own but it's just difficult sometimes and certainly not easy to talk with other people, I recently spoke up about it with someone close and we thought it would be a good idea to find people in the same situations and could support each other, so that's the reason I found this community and I'm glad I did because it's good to know you're not alone. Thank you
My introduction and my experience with OCD - My OCD Community
I would like to welcome you to the OCD Support Network.
We are here to offer hope and support to each other.
I am sorry that you are going through a difficult time.
I have severe OCD with doubts, checking, intrusive thoughts.
I can understand the suffering which goes on with any type of OCD.
Try to sit with the anxiety and feared consequences, by resisting the urges to do a compulsion.
The anxiety will be high in the beginning, but it will slowly go down.
The obsessive thought will keep popping up, but just accept it as a thought.
The thought will be in the background of your mind.
Then, label the thought as OCD, and put it into an OCD box.
I hope this helps.
Hi Lewis. Welcome. You are not alone at all. I recently started seeing a therapist and honestly I think it’s a waste of my money. I am more open on here and get more support here than anywhere. Everyone here understands and your not alone. I have OCD panic and anxiety. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Those that do not have it do not understand what we go through. You have friends here.
I get you. I suggest that you search for an OCD therapist who works with exposures - that´s the best solution. It´so easy to think you can help yourself, and some of us can - but it´s common to procrastinate. A therapist can help you get a better life.
I´m in therapy now, it´s hard, but so worth it.