The impact of OCD

Having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder isn’t easy, but can be managed. Unfortunately, the obsessions brought about by the disorder not only interfere with everyday social activities, but with family life too. It may also have an effect on our health and success both in school and at work. It has far reaching consequences, if it’s not managed.

My own thoughts are outlined below:

I think once we understand the condition, we’ll know it’s not us going crazy. It’s important for anyone with the condition to research what they deal with, so that they understand how and what they may go through and that should help them understand how best to manage the condition. As they say, ‘forearmed is forewarned.’

Whether we have OCD or not, we tend to put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves. Couple that with living with OCD and we have double the amount of pressure to deal with. Making any small changes to our lifestyle will help us cope better with the condition.

Dealing with and managing OCD must be a permanent lifestyle choice. We need to manage our life around the condition, but for us to do that and do it well, we must have a much healthier attitude to both our life and lifestyle. Our lifestyle must permanently change and with it our thinking.

We need to consciously be mindful of our behaviour so that we’re aware of our daily rituals. It’s not a case of trying to put ourselves under pressure to sort out and make changes to everything, because that only serves to add more pressure and stress, but to think about what it is we’re doing, so that we consciously become aware of the changes we know we need to make.

Although you won’t feel right for a while and there will be times when you feel you can’t change, 20 years down the line when you’re older and more tied to the condition, you’ll wish you had. OCD worsens with age. Rituals become more prominent. Stress makes OCD worse, not only because of daily rituals and unwanted thoughts, but the less we cope, the more anger and resentment we will feel, the more our rituals will play out.

Not only will stress come in because we’re failing to get to grips with the whole OCD scenario, but we’ll also begin to take the anger and stress out on those we’re close to and that can lead us to isolation. The longer we struggle with OCD, the more out of control our thoughts will be. It’s also easy to feel low, in some cases depressed and that knocks our self-esteem.

I believe a simple holistic approach is needed, a change in diet and dealing with stress more effectively so that we are more mindful of our circumstances, our lives and the issues that we have to deal with. We need to give ourselves time to complete tasks, on appointments and deadlines, so that we become less stressed.

We must try to organise ourselves better so that we’re not having to cram in, because that will also add to our OCD symptoms. Reciting daily affirmations has been known to help us change our unconscious thoughts and that is a big help towards us dealing with the condition.

I believe with an altogether healthier life, lifestyle and attitude, OCD can be managed and managed reasonably well. If you’re still struggling with the condition, it’s important you get help, but first it’s important you recognise you need help. Not everyone does.

15 Aug, 2015

2 thoughts on “The impact of OCD

  1. I once had a girlfriend who had extreme OCD, so I got to see the effects firsthand! She had the hand washing compulsion and would actually wear rubber gloves most of the time.

    It was quite confusing at times. It was so very hard to tell how she would be from day-to-day. She had 3 children that she eventually had taken away because she got so bad. I mostly got involved trying to protect her son so she wouldn’t lose him, but eventually it turned out to be a waste of my time. It was just very sad considering how the children were affected.

    The big difference is that it can only be managed if it’s accepted that a person has the condition. Quite often, it seems as in a lot of other mental health conditions that the person refuses to admit they have a problem. It’s understandable, since no one likes to think they aren’t normal, to be treated like a circus freak.

    I’m not sure of which is worse, to have an actual physical deformity; or have an illness that people can’t see and accept. People still aren’t very understanding or sympathetic in this day and age as much as they try to say they are!

    It would be fantastic if we lived in a world where people weren’t looked down upon for having any type of issue. I find it very sad when people focus more on how one group is better than another, rather than how we’re all so similar, being human.

    I know it seems so far fetched and impossible, but it would be such a better world if this could possibly happen. Just because a person has something like OCD doesn’t make them any worse than anyone else. There are ways to work around it and deal with it as long as the person can accept themselves as they are!

    1. Thanks Randy. I totally agree with you. Yes OCD isn’t easy.

      It often gets worse if it isn’t treated, or we learn how to manage it. I am sorry to hear about the severity of your ex-girlfriend’s OCD, but it was lovely that you were there to help her. You did a good thing, even though things didn’t work out for her.

      I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments Randy. It would be wonderful if we lived in a world where it didn’t matter what we dealt with, we we’re all treat the same way.

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