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The thing about having anxiety issues is that you never know what is going to push that button or when it is going to happen. You can’t plan for it. All you can do is hope you’re able to deal with it as happens. Recently one of my friends told me I had a very weird habit when I was feeling anxious about things. She said I hum Disney songs while I rub my ear. I never realized I was doing this. So I tried to start paying attention to what my outer body was doing when my mind was “going crazy”…sure enough, I was humming songs from my childhood while I was rubbing my ear with my finger and thumb. How I had never realized I did this I do not know. What I do know is that it seems to help calm me (or keep me calmer) than the times I found I was not doing this.

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I always said time after time that OCD can take up so much of your energy and time. I ordered a pizza on the weekend, to find myself in a great big panic over a pizza sauce smear on the side of the box. I could not stop thinking “what if that was blood”. It took me 45 mins. to work up to actually taking a slice. It is amazing how our brain will make up a crazy story, and feed it to your emotions and make you feel terrible. A simple pizza can make an OCDer suffer. In the end, I did eat the pizza, but I did not enjoy it.

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There is nothing worse than going to a bank machine and take out some money, to find blood smeared all over one of the twenty dollar bills. Why does this happen to someone with OCD all the time. This set off a major panic attack on my end. I quickly purchased something from a store so i could get rid of the bill.

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This is one of the most asked questions on my site. There really is no one cure that will make everything go away. There are however, tools you can learn to use to help manage the symptoms. The first thing I tell people is that you have to accept the disorder and all the thoughts. Understanding and saying to yourself, “these are OCD thoughts again”. That this is ” normal thinking” for a person who suffers from OCD.

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Post here if you notice that certain seasons your OCD symptoms act up. I find winter is the worse season for me.

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When I tell people I have OCD, they think it’s the basic ” wash my hands” symptoms and there in nothing to worry about. I wanted to share one of my other symptoms I had with my OCD. I would not drive on the road that the hospital was located on. The fear is that someone sick might try to get into my car, or, Someone bleeding in the back of an ambulance might spray blood through the air and land 50 feet into my car. Sounds crazy I know. If you suffer from OCD and the intrusive thoughts that tend to think of, this is a very normal worry.

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We are not alone and some of the most famous people suffer from this disorder. Here is a list of Celebs that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Celebrities with OCD:

  • Cameron Diaz
  • Jessica Alba
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • David Beckham
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Donald Trump
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Harrison Ford
  • Howard Stern
  • Howie Mandel
  • Roseanne Barr
  • Fred Durst
  • Dan Ackroyd
  • Rose McGowan
  • Michael Jackson
  • Joey Ramone
  • Kathie Lee Gifford

Historic figures thought to have OCD:

  • Michelangelo
  • Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Albert Einstein
  • Charles Darwin
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OCD rituals can be at times tiring and painful. The rituals is the action needed to make the situation feel “right”. If you think that you are contaminated, the ritual might be to wash your hands, body, clothes etc. These rituals help you “feel better” for a short period of time and may drop your anxiety a bit, but this is only a short time fix. The best way to treat OCD rituals is to try and break the habit. I know this is a tough part of the treatment, but it works.

I have been living with OCD for 25 years now and my rituals ranged from: washing, cleaning, not touching certain things, saying certain words. I took me years before I could say the word “AIDS”. I know this sounds crazy, but I was able to be this disorder. With lots of therapy and medications, I was able to control my reactions to my OCD thoughts.

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The best type of therapy that worked for me was exposure therapy. I have been living with OCD for 25 years now, and can tell you, this disorder takes up a lot of your energy. I have been in therapy now for years, and the one major thing I learned was to face your fears. This is true in so many levels.

Exposure therapy is one of the most toughest and if not stressful form of therapy. I have tried everything, from medications to talking and groups. This form of therapy helped me get over my ocd, and now I am “ocd free”. I still get the thoughts, and want to complete the compulsions, but I have learned how to control it.

Simple tasks use to take me hours to complete, but now, everyday tasks are just that, normal tasks. The type of ocd I have is all about contamination. I would wash my hands 150 to 200 times per day. It would take me 50 mins. to complete a shower, and the list goes on.

If you get the opportunity to take part in group therapy, try it. It was actually fun! I met so many people, and learned that I was not the only one in this world who felt like I was going crazy.

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