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OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Never Give Up!

Is your daily routine constantly interrupted; 10, 15 or 20 times a day, by unwanted, repetitive thoughts and/or actions which you cannot stop? Do you often feel as if you cannot control your own mind?

One of the most important aspects of confronting the potential that you may be living with OCD is to always remember that you are not bad or immoral, because you may be dealing with a possible chemical imbalance within your brain. This problem is what initiates and contributes to your obsessions and compulsions. Never allow yourself to be bullied into thinking you are a weak person.

I have been where you are now. I have lived a secret life with OCD since the age of 10. I am one of the 5 million; children, adolescents and adults in the United States who has been affected by this form of mental illness. The average duration of OCD is 9-10 years. My OCD has been with me for 61 years.

Alas, you are fortunate! When I was diagnosed with having a psychological problem, there existed no name for OCD nor where there any definitive therapies or medications to treat the disorder.

Today, OCD has been thoroughly researched, and there exist multiple therapies and medications to address the condition.

My only regret today is I did not find an effective therapy to eliminate my OCD until 57 years after first realizing I possess a mental problem. But better late than never! Today I am living the life I always dreamed I might have.




7 STEPS TO RECOVERY

1. Do personal research and reading on OCD.

2. Find someone with whom you can confide easily.

3. Relate your OCD story to them, realizing you are not a bad person or weak because of your OCD.

4. Find a therapist; psychologist, psychiatrist or other medical professional with whom you feel comfortable.

5. Decide in your mind that you will not be bullied by OCD.

6. Remain open to multiple therapies and/or medications.

7. Never, never give up.

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