A girl with too many thoughts...

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Having OCD Doesn't Make You Crazy

I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a mental health condition.

I am regularly tormented by intrusive thoughts. These thoughts can be distressing.

I carry out seemingly pointless compulsions on a daily basis, which can take up much of my time and energy.

I have had to have therapy.

I see a counsellor.

I take medication to ease my symptoms.

But I am not crazy.

Many people wrongly assume that if you suffer from a mental health condition, you must be 'crazy'. It is exactly this sort of stereotype, which stems from misunderstanding and ignorance, which can be so damaging to the sufferers. It contributes to the longstanding stigma that surrounds mental health and makes it all the more difficult for people to reach out for support. I'm sure you would agree with me when I say that this desperately needs to change.

When you suffer from OCD, the thoughts you have might make you feel like some sort of monster. You may carry out seemingly strange compulsions that make no sense. Maybe you feel as though you aren't in control of your own thoughts or behaviour. However, none of this makes you crazy.

At the end of the day, OCD is a disorder (hence the name Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). It is a mental health condition that needs treatment. It is irrational, confusing, debilitating and often has a devastating impact on the lives of those who suffer from it. OCD can make you feel hopeless. OCD can make you distressed. OCD can make you anxious. OCD can make you a lot of things, but I can assure you it doesn't make you crazy.
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