I have a secret to share. Don’t get TOO excited, but it’s still a big deal to me. I was inspired to talk about this by my friend Kenzie and her blog. Most people would never guess this about me, as I’ve become an expert at hiding it from everyone except those closest to me. Well, here it is: I have OCD. I’ve struggled with it as long as I can remember, and it’s ruled my life for just as long. Every decision, every worry, every thought…OCD has always been lurking in the background. Whether in big ways or small, it’s affected me and the people around me.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? A part of me wants to say “Don’t ask”. It’s one of the worst kind of tortures imaginable. Basically you worry about anything and everything. You second-guess every decision you ever make, and try to meet unimaginable codes of conduct (ex. never tell a lie (ever), worry about getting other people sick if you have a cold, worry about someone misinterpreting something you said, and so much more). I replay events in my head because I am so worried that I might have done something wrong. I replay them to the point where I convince myself I DID something wrong, or had the wrong motivation for an action even when deep down I know I didn’t. Random thoughts pop into your head and you spend a total of hours trying to figure out why you thought that. I’m not the only one with OCD. Check out some celebrities who you would never have guessed have it too!
Why am I posting this? Because recently I have become painfully (but also refreshingly) aware that this is something for me to confront, not hide. That I can’t do this on my own. I want people to know me for ME, not the me that I show people and who pretends he’s got everything together. I’ve recently also taken the important step of seeing a counsellor, and working on strategies to overcome my OCD. Will it ever be completely gone? No. But can I manage it so that it no longer controls my life and affects me and everyone around me? Yep. And that starts with me being open and vulnerable, and sharing my secret.