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An optimist’s journey toward dropping the D-bomb

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Is OCD Curable?

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“Expletive Deleted”, the OCD is back

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Getting past labeling kids

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Possible causes of sudden onset OCD in kids broadened

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Summer Camps for Kids with OCD

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Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Conference

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Managing Anxiety - Maximizing Life

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Computer-Based Treatment Eases Anxiety Symptoms in Children

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Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, Encourages OCD Patients To Seek Help

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Recovery Apathy

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Harming Obsessions: Symptoms and Treatment

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Should OCD be Removed from Anxiety Disorders in DSM-5?

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The Therapist May See You Anytime, Anywhere-Therapy Apps

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Handling OCD: The Five Primary Homework Assignments

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Scrupulosity: What It Is and Why It Needs to be Treated

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NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

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Does Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior Predict Eating Disorders?

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Is OCD linked to Immune System Problems?

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How Do We Help Those We Love?

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Hypersensitive Children May Develop OCD

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IOCDF Annual OCD Conference

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Is it still the ‘Age of Anxiety.’?

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New treatment making life easier for OCD patients

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Compulsive Hoarding Therapy Group

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New Year’s Resolutions: We Need a Plan

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The Politics, Stigma and Experience of Brain Disorders: A Blog Series

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Teen Mental Health

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Is There a Relationship Between OCD and Social Anxiety Disorder/Phobia (SAD)?

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Study Indicates Hypersensitive kids may develop OCD as adults

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Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

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A Serious Illness or an Excuse?

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Immune Reaction Linked to OCD

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The Sex Addiction Epidemic

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OCD and Holiday Giving

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OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy

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OCD Treatment Through Storytelling

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OCD Challenge - Internet Treatment Program

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USU researchers complete study on “religious OCD,” hope for treatment to go mainstream

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Trichotillomania/Dermatillomania Support Group

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group

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Oxford Messed Up

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Reese Witherspoon, OCD and a Baby in ‘Rule #1’

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Testimonial 31

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Testimonial 30

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Sensorimotor OCD & Social Anxiety

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Anxiety: Three Messages Parents Should Avoid

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Recognizing and Acknowledging OCD Symptoms

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“Sensitivity gene” predicts whether children benefit from CBT

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Should you take antidepressants while breast-feeding?

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Outpatient Interventions Help Combat Eating Disorders

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Testimonial 29

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Testimonial 28

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Testimonial 27

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Testimonial 26

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Personal Stories - My Battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

My Battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

by Lizzy S.

I hope my story gives others hope as you can live a completely happy and fulfilling life even with OCD.

My battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder started out like so many others. The earliest symptoms I can remember appeared around age 8. I had started to develop a prayer routine at night which, in my OCD mind, I believed would keep my loved ones safe. I felt I had to say my family member’s names 8 times, touch the right side of the wall after, blink 8 times after that and the list goes on. With so many rules and restrictions, I could not complete the prayer “perfectly” no matter how hard I tried. I vividly remember it was late at night and my mom was still up cleaning. I ran down to her and burst into tears because I could not get my prayers right and was so worried that my loved ones would be hurt because of this. This was the early 90’s and my parents had no knowledge of OCD. My mom brushed this off as a silly childhood quirk and was not at all alarmed that something more serious might be happening.

Obsessions and compulsions continued on and off throughout my childhood and changed themes but usually fixated on my health and a fear of dying from AIDS, cancer, leukemia, appendicitis, a brain tumor, etc. My OCD was more just background noise while I was young but became stronger when I was getting ready to leave for college. For me, it seems that anytime I have a major transition in my life which involves a large change my OCD comes on full force. I have had two major episodes; one being going to college and the other being a relocation my husband and I made out of state for his job.

With my first episode, I had heard bits and pieces here and there about OCD and figured I had it but so badly wanted to believe I did not. I compulsively asked my parents over and over whether I had OCD and if I was going crazy. Since I functioned fine and was a successful high school student, they assured my that everything was fine with me and that I did not have OCD. I even insisted on an appointment with my then pediatrician who was uneducated on OCD and as well assured me that I was fine. Once I got to college the stress leveled out and I was doing very well again.

My second and by far most destructive episode came seven years later. At this point, I had completely forgotten about OCD and thought it was just some quirk and phase I went through when I was younger. A lot of stress happened to me in the span of a year; a breakup and makeup with my now husband, my grandma passed away, I got engaged, was looking at a possible relocation and trying to figure out a career. At some point this all came to a head and my long, lost friend OCD came back with a vengeance.

Like all sufferers, this was a horrible time of anxiety for me that lasted a while. I lost a ton of weight, had a very hard time sleeping, could not concentrate on work, and was constantly seeking reassurance and barely functioning. My saving grace throughout all of this was finding OCD Chicago and coming into contact with its founder, Susan Richman. I was able to get in therapy and eventually on medication. My husband and I wound up relocating to Florida where I am continuing treatment and am doing much, much better!

My testimonial for OCD Chicago is a long time coming because I thought that in order to share my story I had to have complete victory over OCD. The biggest lesson I have learned over the last year, and that Susan really helped me to accept, is that OCD is a disorder that I need to accept as part of my life for the long haul and continue to manage. For the periods of time when I am feeling well, and stress is low, I do just fine. When stress is higher I have my struggles but have learned to manage much better. I recently came off medication as my husband and I would like to start a family soon and have just begun therapy again so that I can stay on top of my OCD. I hope my story gives others hope as you can live a completely happy and fulfilling life even with OCD. I am living proof.

 

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ADAA Video Series - OCD, PTSD and Anxiety Disorders

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Mental First Aid: How To Help In An Emotional Crisis (NPR)

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Why More Americans Suffer From Mental Disorders Than Anyone Else

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Attend our OCD Awareness Event October 11

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USF study seeks to turn existing drug into new childhood OCD treatment

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Fighting OCD - No More Secrets

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Combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy With Medication For Childhood OCD Improves Symptoms

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Sudden and Severe Onset OCD - Practical Advice for Practitioners and Parents

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OCD Center of Los Angeles

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Sexual Orientation OCD - Part 4: Challenges to Treatment of HOCD

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Sexual Orientation OCD - Part 3: HOCD Sub-Types

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Sexual Orientation OCD - Part 2: CBT for HOCD

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Sexual Orientation OCD - Part 1: What is HOCD?

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OCD: Real Stories - Real People

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Connections

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Heroic US filmmaker and OCD Sufferer Matthew Van Dyke free after six months in Libyan ‘hell’

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Ruling may broaden insurance coverage for psychiatric illness

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Dr. Gina Glenn discusses Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Prevention Program for Postpartum OCD

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Should OCD Be a Family Affair?

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The “Mental” in “Mental Illness” is Really a Misnomer

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The ABC’s of OCD, Disability, and Treatment

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Helping or Enabling? A Fine Line When Dealing with OCD

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Children Who Suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Three Times More Likely to be Bullied

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Don’t Grow Up with OCD

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The Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety Workbook

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The Secret Lives of Hoarders

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The Case for Antidepressants

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Eating disorders may become habitual patterns of coping throughout life

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Students with OCD: A Handbook for School Personnel

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Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

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‘Underneath Every Hoarder Is a Normal Person Waiting to Be Dug Out’

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What is OCD?

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OCD Kids: Michelle

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WHEN EPIDEMICS COLLIDE: OCD AND AIDS

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Is Childhood OCD an Indicator of Food Issues in Later Years?

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Baltimore scientists search for cause, treatment for hoarding

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How Brain Sees the ‘Big Picture’ May Affect Self-Image

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Perinatal Mood Disorders: What You Need to Know

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People with body-image disorders process ‘big picture’ visual information abnormally

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Postpartum Support International

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CAMBRIDGE EXPLODES OCD MYTH

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What if you can’t afford treatment?

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Self-Directed Treatment for OCD: The Irony of Doing the Opposite

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