Daring Greatly With OCD

I am Anna and I have had OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) since I can remember – approximately 38 years.

I had no idea why I was bombarded by unwanted, offensive thoughts; why I had to turn on and off the light switch a certain amount of times so my parents wouldn’t die; why I had to avoid cracks, then later become obsessed with germs and getting sick, literally holding my breath around someone who had a sniffle.

At about 20, I finally received a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Order.  My OCD, I found later, was comprised mostly of Harm OCD – horrible and extremely distressing thoughts of harming myself or someone else.  This contributed largely to my depression and anxiety (or vice versa).
I was nearly at my wit’s end, as I had been many times before, when I was blessed financially by some people who heard my cry and I was able to start doing the only truly internationally recognised treatment for OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention therapy.
I look forward to hearing your stories and to sharing mine – the highs, the lows, the agony and the relief.

Anna 🙂

By annielightning

I'm a 40-year-old girl with a chronic illness who happens to be an award-winning writer.
I love friends, tea, writing, rain on the roof at night and my Chihuahua, Timmy Schmal.
I often write about my struggles with, health, 'unstuckness', OCD and life - and what I am learning through them. I also write for the media entertainment site and Uno manazine.
Recently I have started a serialised story in blog form which I hope you enjoy. This harks back to the appearance of Sherlock Holmes in The Strand Magazine over 100 years ago.
I don't mind what your beliefs are is or aren't, I hope you find something to encourage or entertain you.

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