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  • Hi, my name is Jenny and this story is about my OCD.

  • You may think OCD is about having to keep things clean and tidy all the time.

  • But some people's OCD is actually about keeping things even.

  • Say there were two books next to each other on a table, but they weren't completely lined up with each other exactly.

  • I wouldn't put them straight right away.

  • I would have to kind of swap them round so that they both would have the right amount of time in front of the other book.

  • Only after a couple of minutes I would be able to straighten them out so that they were in line.

  • Way more complicated than you thought, right?

  • So I was about nine years old when I started making little changes to my everyday life.

  • You see, I was right-handed, and I very much favored my right hand.

  • In fact, I did just about everything I could with my right hand, or my right leg.

  • Anything like that.

  • I would just hate using my left hand for anything.

  • I even had to step on cracks in the road or pavement with my right foot.

  • Crazy, right?

  • Anyway, when I was ten years old, one day, I suddenly thought, what was I doing?

  • Why was I completely leaving out my left hand?

  • Notice how I say leaving outthat was what it felt like.

  • It felt like I needed to even things out to make it fair.

  • That was when my OCD started, I guess.

  • First of all, I told myself, I would have to go a whole year only using my left hand and foot to make up for the year before.

  • After about a year, I finally felt like it was even between my left and right hands, but then I had to go around using my right and left sides equally.

  • And I can tell you, it was not easy.

  • My OCD only started getting worse from there.

  • For example, I had to count all the time in my head, every time I breathe or even blinked.

  • It was tedious, but I just couldn't stop myself.

  • Another thing that a lot of people with OCD experience is constantly feeling like somebody is listening to your thoughts.

  • You feel like you'll be punished somehow if you don't think the right things.

  • OCD is awful to live with.

  • If you think you may have OCD, talk to someone.

  • Don't keep it to yourself like I did.

  • One day, I told my parents.

  • They took me to a counselor.

  • She really helped to improve how I was feeling.

  • I hardly ever have to do any of my little OCD rituals anymore.

  • I guess there is a lesson to this story.

  • Don't suffer in silence.

Hi, my name is Jenny and this story is about my OCD.

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My Struggles With OCD

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    eunice4u4u posted on 2020/01/23
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