Eric’s OCD Story

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My name is eric and i have had ocd all my life..It finally started controlling me and i ended up in a mental hospital twice.. I saw the movie “Girl Interrupted” and it changed my view of things..

I realized that if i was ever going to get off medications or control my life i would have to do it. The doctor could not help, family could not help and the hospital could not help. Most of the therapy that i had been going too ended up just repeating itself over and over. when i saw the movie i made a decision to get off meds and find the answers myself.

That movie Girl interrupted is a trigger for some people. I just learned that no one is going to pull me out of the pit…i had to climb out on my own

I took myself off meds gradually. I did have a lot of return symptoms..not sleeping at night and my head start to doubt everything again and the rush of ideas that bombarded my head…

I have learned to cut it off. when these ideas start i will try to shift gears and get my mind on something else..

I am also a self injure person. i have cut my wrist before, i have cuts that needed stitches on my arms and i have overdosed twice trying to kill the inside by killing the outside…but in turn i end up back where i started so i had to change my thinking

Do not get me wrong. I still have this little voice in my head that tells me i am worthless and that i need to die. I just tell this voice (i do not hear voices it is me telling me things)that i will not give into it anymore..

I have to have everything in order..and everything in a certain place or i feel out of control. I have started to just allow my children to have their rooms as they like it as long as it is clean not the way i think of clean but clean as a normal person would see it.

I have come a very long way and i am starting to feel good about myself again.

My marriage had suffered because i was on so much si inhibitors that i could not function properly as a male should. My wife had to deal with all of this…but it has gotten better since i got off the meds and i also started exercising, reading etc..

When i have down days i see them as down days and that is it. tomorrow will be better…If i allowed myself to think that life was over for me..i get deeper into that pit.

Yes, i still have ocd and PTSD…..but i will not ever allow myself to go into that pit again..once i get in it i go deeper and deeper…

My main reason to write this is to offer hope for my brothers and sisters out there. I know that we are not all the same and that things appear easier to some than others..I have had a very ruff life and i have never been free of all these feelings of self worth and doubt…

I have accepted the fact that i have mental problems..(some say that i am crazy..ha)..I just know by facing my problem and dealing with it and making it part of me instead of running and hiding from it..i can lead a better life..

I now live my life day to day moment by moment and i have stopped comparing myself to others and to replace the negative with the positive.. take care and god bless..


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Eric’s OCD Story — 1 Comment

  1. Hello,

    It sounds like you have been through hell and back. I admire your strength to go on. I wish there wasn’t such a stigma, with “mental disorders”. If you’re a diabetic, you take what is needed. If you have OCD you are lacking certain chemicals, and may have to take the proper medication, to get things back in gear.

    I also suffer from OCD, and have been through hell and back. I’ve been hospitalized several times, for suicide. I am currently seeing a doctor, who perscribes me Paxil and Abilify. It has helped out with my rage, but the bizarre thoughts keep coming. I may go back to my behavioral therapist, because the thoughts are getting out of hand. They are causing problems in my relationships.

    Well, I wish you the best. I’m glad you are taking good care of yourself. Remember, the mind can be lethal. God Bless!

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