Aug 12, 2011
I am 47 years old...for at least a couple more days. I have had OCD since I was a teenager. It has changed throughout the years. First I started out as a checker....is this off, is that off, do I have everything, etc. Then I went off to college and developed a fear that I would not make it to the bathroom so I went ALL THE TIME! In addition, I obsessed about my grades and studied for every test to the point where the teacher COULD NOT surprise me. Graduated....got a job in a lab working with HIV. Developed HIV anxiety. Quit that job...got married :) Got a wonderful new job that I am still at 22 years later. Got pregnant, developed MAJOR OCD...could not take medication because the baby was growing. Had to make it to 3 months...made it to 3 and a half...by then the wheels fell off the cart big time (I sympathize with all of you that have this problem and are not on medication)...took medication (Prozac) and a little Klonopin. Thankfully my son turned out okay...Senior in high school this year. Stayed on Prozac (20 mg) for 4 years including when I was pregnant the entire time with my second son. He has ADHD but I don't blame the prozac for that. Went off medication for a long time...developed MAJOR OCD again this past May...Happily on Wellbutrin and feeling wonderful.
So, I am an expert at having OCD, have ruminated about everything on the OCD forum list, and still here to tell the tale and living a great life!