Who can relate to this and how can it be stopped? The anxiety that I get if I don't search what I'm anxious about is overwhelming, but once I start searching I don't stop until I'm satisfied/too mentally exhausted...also, usually what I find makes me even worse, but if I don't search then the anxiety climbs up and I can't get the thought out of my head...
Hi I'm new to this website and this is my first post and I am currently waiting to under go CBT for OCD. What is really irritating me and I'm sure this affects plenty of other people with this condition, is the overwhelming ammount of people who don't actually know what obsessive compulsive disorder is. I don't know how many times I've heard the phrase "I'm a little OCD" thrown around by people who claim to be "perfectionists" or "neat freaks". It makes the condition sound like it's just a quirk rather than an actual disorder and it completely goes againt the definition of OCD.
If I give you reassurance then it will make your reassurance seeking worse, but I will say this. You need to think rationally and not let the OCD trick you, I know it's hard but you have to fight it!!! These thoughts are completely irrational, OCD just makes them look very convincing.
Doubt and guilt are both a big part of OCD and I've looked to the internet to reasure myself that my symptoms are a part of OCD even though i've been told by a professional which of course is a bad idea as the internet is full of rubbish but OCD always creates what if scenarios.
That's ok :) just remember that for every OCD struggle you have chances are a million others experience it themselves even though it can seem like it's something unique to you that's weird. You're never alone.