Please give me advice - I have really bad OCD - OCD-UK

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Please give me advice - I have really bad OCD

OddGirl
OddGirl

So I've only told one person - my best friend - about my ocd but I still live with my family so it's difficult to hide it from them all the time and I'm so scared to tell even one person because I feel embarrassed and like they'll be looking out for it. I really want to get help for it but I can't really do so without my family knowing. I'm so scared and I don't know what to do. It's hard to keep going with it.

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How old are you? Is there a school counselor you can maybe talk to? That is what our daughter did, to get things rolling. Then I spent lots of time getting information about the right type of therapist - one who uses ERP. Your family really ought to be part of your support network - they're on your side and likely would be able to get you the help and resources you need. It is good that you were able to confide in a friend - that's a step closer to finding help. Have you tried the international OCD Foundation? Sending hope your way.

OddGirl
OddGirl in reply to potcakes

Thank you so much for responding, I appreciate the help :) Well I am recently, 17 but I have left school so I can't do that unfortunately :( I am starting an out of school course next year however, and I think they may have counsellors there, but I am not certain. I haven't tried the international OCD Foundation yet though, how would I go about it? :) Thank you, again :)

I found going to my doctor and explaining my symptoms was really helpful. They were able to make provisions for myself at a local place to help with my OCD and also gave me information explaining my OCD which made it easier to then tell me family. Best wishes.

OddGirl
OddGirl in reply to Fran_b

Thank you :) I will try to gain the courage, it's just difficult

Hello, I don't think your odd, No one is, I learnt this from the very helpful and kind people on this website. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I too am worrying about how to tell my family. I get cold hand and feet whenever I try. I am going to try to tell my school counselor after the holidays but I'm still scared. I kind of asked a good friend what she thinks about anxiety and OCD and surprisingly she said she has OCD. I am going to try to tell her too. As you don't currently go to school, I know very well how this might sound, but try to tell a person that knows you well and they will understand. I hope with all my heart you recover.Don't know if this helps:)

OddGirl
OddGirl in reply to zairella

Thank you so much. It does help to know I'm not alone in this :) It's difficult to deal with sometimes

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