In 2010, after suffering for almost two years from OCD, the pure O type, I was finally diagnosed formally by a doctor. I had been dealing with my symptoms alone, trying different things like meditation, hypnotherapy and other alternative methods that gave me some relief. When I decided it was time to get more serious help, meeting with my doctor had a calming effect and provided closure of sorts because I didn’t have to deal with the fear of others knowing anymore; it was out. After a few visits with my psychiatrist and therapist, I realized that I had it in me to get symptom-free without medication. That was a choice I made together with my doctor and therapist and it worked. The true triumph though is that I came out on the other side of the stigma and shame that having mental illness brings. I won. Now I am 100% shame free. I share my challenge with others and the fact that by working on all avenues of potential benefits to my brain I am almost 100% symptom free, naturally. I am here because I opened up and searched for connections with others who understood my disorder and offered me acceptance and help. It wasn’t about taking meds or not, but rather about letting go the thought that I was somehow flawed, weak and different.
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