No one can better understand the
experience of living with and ultimately recovering from OCD than those with the disorder
themselves. These are the actual written testimonials of a few of the many individuals
whose stories can provide insight, support and inspiration to other struggling with OCD.
The true names were changed to preserve the confidentiality of the writer. Just
mouse-click on the names below to read "In Their Own Words." This page will be
I began to check things over and over — checking my work, doing work on engines, checking everything was tightened properly. I'd check the door of the shop over and over, to make sure the door was locked. I told myself I needed the money, I can't make a mistake. At age 27, the
checking and repeating began to increase. Read more...
The first sign I can remember of having OCD was when I was about twelve years old. I
washed my hands alot because they felt "contaminated". This progressed to where
I would repeat things I'd do, like getting dressed, touching things and reading sentences
over and over. Read more...
I can't describe to you the freedom I am now feeling. Starting
to gain control over my OCD has been a mind boggling experience. It has been a few months
now and although every day has its challenges, I feel so much confidence that I will
continue to overcome it. Read more...
I can now say that after
years of discomfort, ongoing anxiety, mixed with diligence, intense work, and never giving
up — I have finally found relief! Read more...