"Having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder greatly affects my everyday life. I am often late for appointments or events because I won’t be able to leave the house until everything is in “order”. I’m constantly straying away from what I should be doing to tidy my belongings or organize the area around me. It makes me procrastinate a lot, and therefore most tasks take longer for me to complete than they should. I have rituals that are pointless that I can’t help doing and when someone catches me doing them, I have to explain to them what’s happening and it can be sort of embarrassing. Sometimes the rituals have caused me to break things because I keep doing the action over and over again until I feel it’s right but before that happens, I might have broken the object I was fiddling with. It’s a stressful disorder and can take charge of your life if you allow it. Luckily for me, I am still able to function, but in stressful times in my life, I can see it taking precedence just so I can cope.
I am a creative person; so working on some sort of project with someone, even if it isn’t my project, makes me very happy. I like putting my creative skills to use and working towards something to help further mine or someone else’s goals or plans.
I am a strong believer in everything happens for a reason. I would say that I would have never quit sports or being active. Getting into physical shape now in my late 20’s is much tougher than it would have been if I had stayed active all these years. I also feel that if I took better care of my body, it would have helped greatly with my mental state and OCD, and therefore I would have been able to handle life’s hurdles with more clarity, rational and logic."