To get rid of these thoughts, you might do certain things over and over again, like check to see if the stove is turned off or wash your hands. These are called compulsions. If you don't do them, you feel that something bad will happen.
You know it doesn't make sense, but you can't change this unwanted way of acting or thinking.
About 1 in 50 Americans, as many as 5 million, have OCD at some point in their lives. OCD can happen to anyone. OCD usually starts in the teen or early adult years, but children can have it, too. OCD starts earlier in boys than in girls. In adults, men and women are affected in equal numbers. Sometimes OCD runs in families.
I suffer from OCD and have done now for just over 8 months. I cannot do some things now that i've continuously done for the last 2, 3, 5 10. Today - they cause me great stress & anxiety.
Tonight - i couldn't make a toasted sandwich without going through 4 pieces of cheese, half a loaf of bread and a tomato - because "somewhere along the line" they got "contaminated".... in my own kitchen.... with my own hands that i've washed so many times they are like sandpaper.
Yes - i know my thoughts are irrational, but on some days i believe them as much as i believe the sky is blue. I KNOW that i've made toasties in the past without getting sick - so why can't i believe it now? Why does it reduce me to tears to the point where i don't feel like i can eat anything for fear of where it's "been"?
I've had enough of this condition controlling my mind. I've had enough of the thoughts which won't go away no matter how much i tell them i want them too. I am tired of worrying my poor husband because he doesn't know what he can do to help me.
It's time to figure out once and for all how to beat this - i will NOT let it win....
Does anybody out there suffer from this awful unwanted condition?