I’ve been living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for over 20 years. I first began showing symptoms at age seven and was formally diagnosed at age nine. It was debilitating, but as time went on, things got better and were relatively under control for many years.

At age 28, I relapsed. Someone once said to me that to say OCD is debilitating is an understatement, and I tend to agree. I tried whatever I had access to in an effort to recover – mainstream medications, natural supplements, psychedelics, electroconvulsive therapy, and hospitalization.

Through a combination of things, I was able to improve. I found a medication that helped to relieve symptoms, I received invaluable support from loved ones, I discovered a purpose and a “why” to focus on, and reminded myself that I had recovered once and I could do it again.

Mindset is such an invaluable tool, and maintaining my belief in “anything is possible” and “there is always hope even when you don’t feel hopeful” was incredibly helpful in my journey.

I am forever grateful to the people in my life who were instrumental in my recovery process. I still have OCD and it still affects my life, but I’ve come such a long way and I’m now making my dream come true – advocating for those with OCD and spreading awareness about this condition.

There is always hope for things to get better. It can take work and perseverance  – but it is possible. Just take it one step at a time. I believe in you.

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