Hi, this is my first time on here and I am hoping to learn more ways to cope with my OCD and anxiety and to read other people's stories to understand I'm not alone because I feel like an outcast sometimes because of my OCD. I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 9 and I am currently 20. I am moving to a new apartment on my own soon and I'm hoping to get my OCD a bit under control beforehand.
Apart of my OCD are intrusive thoughts saying "If you don't do this action or compulsion, harm will come to your loved ones". These thoughts are constant and even when I try to calm myself down by exercising or other things that I love, the thoughts would rise again causing me to become anxious and not enjoy myself. An example of this would be "You have to do 10 pushups right now or something bad will happen.", and this happens with almost everything I do.
I've been working on not giving into the compulsons a lot recently due to my future move. Actually, writing this post was something my OCD told me I wasn't allowed to do. I was wondering if anyone has any stories where they were strong enough to push away their OCD and not let it stop you from living everyday life, or if anyone has any strategies to calm down the racing thoughts and to be able to push through not doing the compulsions? Stay strong everyone.