I have had OCD my whole life; in fact I really can’t imagine life without it. As my previous posts state, things are mostly under control, but it’s still a part of me. Some people, however get OCD later in life. Most researchers say that this is not a sudden affliction, but rather something has triggered what was always there. I recently came across an article about a book called, Saving Sammy, that details the story of a mother whose child suddenly experiences OCD symptoms at age ten. He is later cured after a year of antibiotics when they learn of his strep (PANDAS).
These “triggers” that set off OCD always seem to involve a stressful event or situation like pregnancy, divorce, moving, college, etc…
I think for some people OCD can go away, but for others it can be there for life. I don’t feel one way about this or the other because really, whether OCD is in me or out, I will strive to make the best of my situation.
OCD is never going to go away. As you grow older you will learn to deal with it & to make it not bother you with your everyday life. You will be able to understand how to block out your OCD but it wont go away, just lessen.
My OCD is mostly gone now, though the issues that predisposed me to it are still hanging out. It might always be a part of me in some way, but we just gotta keep swimming 🙂