Living With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


If you've been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may be facing some unexpected challenges. Getting your OCD under control isn't easy, but you can do it. Here are some tips that will help.

Educate yourself

First, educate yourself. Learning about OCD will help you understand that it's not your fault and that you aren't alone.


For some, OCD causes intrusive thoughts and unwanted behaviors. This can make you feel afraid, ashamed or disgusted. But you need to speak up. Tell your therapist. Be open and honest so you can get the help you need.

Manage triggers

Recognize the things that trigger your OCD symptoms. Talk with your therapist about ways to deal with these triggers. You need to have a plan in place so you'll know exactly what to do when they happen.

Focus on your health

Focus on your health. Stress can make your OCD worse. So make stress management a priority. Try to get rid of the things that cause stress in your life. Exercise regularly, and make sure you get enough sleep. And steer clear of alcohol and drugs.

Follow your care plan

Follow your treatment plan. Go to your therapy sessions. Do your homework between sessions. Take your medications as directed. And follow all of your therapist's instructions.

Reach out

Finally, reach out. Talk to others about your OCD. Your loved ones and friends will help provide a support system for you. For many people, a support group is helpful, too. Be patient with yourself. Progress can take a lot of time and effort. Don't give up.


Overcoming OCD is not easy. But if you are open and honest with your therapist and you stick to your care plan, you can do it.