Hi, my name is Dave
Sounds like an introduction from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, doesn’t it? It’s true and it’s about all the information anyone needs to start a conversation about one of the world’s most debilitating disorders.
My OCD began when I was about 11-years-old. It continued until I was nearly 50, at which point I finally decided to do something about it. In total I suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for nearly 40 years.
Over the years my OCD has branched out into many themes. I had a stint where I couldn’t be sure I had locked my car even though I had locked my car and I had to repeat locking it two, three, four times. I had problems over my life with feeling like I would stand up and scream every swear word imaginable, in various situations but always in public. The worst obsessions I’ve had include thoughts and images of harm to others and thoughts and images of a pedophile nature.
Once I took the risk and opened up to a professional about my thoughts, my feeling that it might be OCD and my doubts about it all, my recovery began. I was diagnosed with a severe/extreme case of OCD. I was prescribed two medications to help me deal with my obsessions and my extreme, ever present anxiety. I participated in relaxation therapy and, more importantly, took therapy involving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention.
I got better. I got a lot better. Through the process I began to become very interested in the plight of other OCD sufferers. I scoured the Internet looking for stories and became an active participant on a well known online forum, offering encouragement and advice to other sufferers.
I started OCD Life because I think there is a need for it. Knowledge about OCD has come a long way in the past 20 years but it has a long way to go. There is a need to dispel the old, tired stereotype that all people with OCD wash their hands a lot or act like anal retentive neat freaks. There is also a need to provide more avenues for more sufferers to express themselves and receive advice about how to start their own journey toward recovery.
OCD isn’t about some odd quirks that look kind of funny. It is a devastating disorder that affects lives. As sufferers we have to deal with the disorder often every minute of every day. It is a major, unwanted part of our lives. Until we receive help and learn to overcome the disorder, it can seem that life is OCD and OCD is all that life is.
OCD is beatable. It is treatable. People can become better. The more we learn about it and the more we talk about it the better.
Welcome to OCD Life.