What Having OCD is Like

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I came across this terrific blog post on what it is like to have OCD. Complete with video.

Ever Wonder What Having OCD is Like? « Galvanized
I know the age it started because I remember well a pivotal moment when, having handled something particularly disgusting as a child (someone else’s used Kleenex, I think), I mentally freaked out as my brother told me, “You know, no matter how many times you wash your hands in your lifetime, there will always be some little atom of ‘that’ still on your skin.”

I have never thought about it before but I wonder how many of us can remember the exact moment our OCD became manifest? I know I can. After what I experienced as a child, following a fairly typical pattern my OCD went away for awhile. Not completely – but way to the background. I was 20 when it returned and I can tell you the exact day, the time and exactly what I was doing when it re-emerged. And in that moment everything in my life changed and not for the better.

In any case go read the post.


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What Having OCD is Like — 4 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for visiting and reading. This makes my day. :) Please check in from time to time. And your blog is a wonderful and extensive resource for OCD sufferers!

  2. I remember when I used to have these broken record loops contantly about things-really stupid things! Like wearing clothes on certain days a week and repeating that order OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Also having the urge to touch door knobs 3 times each or until I am satisfied and lining up objects. When Ihad OCD fears about sexuality, that was horrid. I knew I had a problem then. Egodystonic obsessions made me look into this much more. I know I have OCD for sure, I’ve had it since I was six I believe when I used to shower after eating fast foods “to wash away” the smell and oil. Weird. I’ve battled through HOCD(the sexual obsessions and by the far the hardest to purge)all by myself. It took longer and was scarier. I didn’t tell my parents and when I did they didn’t believe me so I did research and bought self help books. The idea that I did this is a real ego booster. Can you imagine suffering a mental disorder with no help at all?

    I still have it and I own that I can defeat it one day!

    =) Sarah!

  3. Hey Sarah,

    I like your attitude! Never give up the hope that it will be defeated.

    I think most of us, I can for sure, understand what it is like to battle a mental disorder with no help. Most of us hide it from everyone for a very long time. Mine started when I was 9 and I was 38 when I finally sought help and discovered it was actually something and not just “my problem”.

    Keep up the good fight.

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