Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Mental health, always a fun topic! Not really.
I've talked about this before, I have been on medication for about 13 years to help me control the anxiety and obsessive compulsive issues that I experience. The meds are great! They definitely take the edge off for me most of the time, but they don't make it disappear completely.
Just to clear things up, the OCD for me is not washing my hands 100 times or flipping a light switch on and off a certain amount of times. For me, it manifests in my thoughts. I go into a loop of thoughts, oftentimes not healthy thoughts, and I can't seem to get out of the loop, like a broken record. Those thoughts will lead to self-doubt, sadness, depression, anxiety, etc. and can lead to feeling physically sick. It used to be much worse, now it is controlled, however, I still experience it at times.
Our family has been through some changes these last few months, and while my business is holding her own, it has definitely slowed down, which is stressful. I've also experienced a couple of "people/friend" issues that are completely out of my control, and I'm coming up on a difficult anniversary date. I have many exciting events happening too that I'm completely looking forward to, however they only feed my anxious energy. All of these things have pushed me into a loop and I'm struggling a bit to get out.
I know everything will work out. I've been down this road many times and I will go through it many more times, that's life.
So, why am I telling you this?
Because I want you to know that I get it. I see you. That person who is struggling, is sad, is anxious...
Here's my virtual hug to you. You are loved and it will get better.