“The OCD-Girl”: Identifying with OCD

The idea that OCD and I had this almost Jekyll and Hyde relationship defined me more than I would care to admit. Because of therapy and tending to all my health problems, my OCD is at a minimum. So much so, that I rarely see it as part of my life anymore. This was amazing; not having OCD steer my ship anymore, but it wasn’t that simple. Who was I now that my OCD was mostly gone? I had such severe OCD, that I had trouble keeping a job, few friends, and threw out stuff (opposite of hoarding). I dressed plainer than Jane, hated traveling and feared everything. Now that I was not this girl anymore, I hated my clothes, hated how I acted, hated that I had no career…It was like that movie with Val Kilmer where he plays a blind man, but gets his vision (not as extreme, but you get the idea). He was confused by shadows and mirrors and though he could see, he still lived the life of a bind person. I felt like I was still living the life of OCD and I hated it.

I am sad. At first, I felt spoiled for not being full of pure glee for my new mind, and I assumed that the adjustment period was to blame. I then realized that this sad feeling is too much. For years, I have been told I had depression and I would always deny it. For some reason, I refused to admit to it. Now that OCD is not the main issue, I feel like these other issues are coming to the surface which, though painful, is for the best.  Now I am in therapy again for the depression and continuing to work on my physical health.  That was the biggest difference for me, healing the body as a whole.

I am not the “OCD-Girl” and though it makes me a little unnerved to feel like I don’t know who I am anymore, I feel hope in knowing that I am now free to find out.

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2 thoughts on ““The OCD-Girl”: Identifying with OCD

  1. I just found this blog of yours and I really appreciate you sharing your experiences with OCD. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder comorbid with Major Depressive Disorder and I have struggled as well with knowing who I am outside of my anxiety and mood disorders. I really agree with your vlog on exercise as well, though sometimes my depression or just busyness keeps me from exercising as much as I should, but it really does help my anxiety when I can find the motivation. Anyway, I am rambling. I just wanted to thank you for your blog and for sharing your experiences. Stay strong and take care! ~Peace.

    • Thanks Kendra! Im glad to hear you like my blog. I am having the same issue with exercise right now. I know I need to and it would help, but the motivation or lack thereof makes it difficult. Just gotta make myself do it! Take care and keep at it!

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