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I have OCD (mostly mental ruminations/rituals). OCD completely incapacitated me when it first struck about 8 yrs ago, but I've made lots of progress since then. I wrote the following to a friend recently, and it describes things pretty well:
I'm still plugging away at things, still trying, not having yet achieved all I wish for. Sometimes, when I'm down, it's hard to believe that trying for so long could produce so little; however, when my life is viewed through a long-term lens, I hold onto the hope that sometimes good things take a long time to come to pass. I have much to be thankful for -- a family that loves me unconditionally, my general health, warm food, a roof over my head -- these things I am grateful for. But career success has yet to arrive. My OCD has been very, very tough to overcome -- but I continue to get better -- taking two steps forward while one back. Again, I try to keep positive by viewing my progress through a long-term lens. I am doing fairly well in daily life with OCD, as it doesn't usually ruin my day..which is leaps and bounds from where I began. Employment is a huge OCD hurdle for me -- I have yet to be very successful at stable employment. I keep trying though.
I recently left this comment (below) for someone on this site, but wanted to post it as a reminder to myself..because it's helpful for me to remember too.
"Hi. I hope you are doing better. I find that loneliness is very tough for me too. So is focusing on the negativity in life; but there is good and there is joy too. Anyway, you are not alone in feeling the way you do. Try not to let your low times get the best of you. Do something you enjoy. Talk to someone who will listen. Most of all, keep praying. I like 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:8 Thanks for sharing."