Lily, 27, Texas, USA

I can’t ever have children, because I might abuse them.

lily-no-textWhen I first developed OCD as a teenager, my obsessions were sparse and mainly related to contamination. At the time, even I bought into the idea that OCD was a mild, quirky mental illness. I very much felt that the stigma associated with having a psychological disorder was worse than the disease.

I’ve learned better.

My anxiety problems sky rocketed after a medical scare in my early 20s, and I developed a primarily obsessional form of OCD (“Pure-O”) focused, at the time, on my health. I managed to gain control of the disorder with medication, but the pills stopped working around a year ago, and I now live with a virtually constant stream of intrusive thoughts regarding my health, appearance, sexuality, and moral character.

To be clear, I still wish that the public’s perception of OCD were different, but I now feel that the disease isn’t taken seriously enough. I don’t think people understand how hellish and disorienting it can be to be trapped inside your own mind; on my worst days, I can barely bring myself to do anything but cry, because the anxiety is so intensely real that I’m convinced my biggest fears are real as well. If I had to compare OCD to anything, it would be to living in a constant state of existential dread, and I’d do just about anything to be rid of the disorder once and for all.

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  1. I’m so sorry that you had to go through this. I had more or less the exact same thoughts – it’s exhausting, draining and scary. I’m just so grateful that there are other people I can talk to about my thoughts. Wishing you the best of luck in recovery. x

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  2. I also have obsessive thoughts about harming children (and I work with children for a living, it’s miserable). I’m so afraid of talking about it to people for fear that they won’t understand, and will think the thoughts are meaningful. I too wish the public had a better understanding of these types of obsessions, and if people were more aware of Pure-O in general.

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  3. i think your couragous and i also think just by writing about your experience you let us know little bit about yourself and thats the first step. i also have ocd and mine is with cleaning, and cheecking germs and everything. so i know how it is i been there. all we can do is move forward and hope for the best.

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