|I have a mild form of OCD,( thank goodness, I have enough with the bipolar stuff) meaning that it does not disrupt my life to the point where it interfers my activities of daily living. My OCD thing revolves around counting and some ritualistic behavior.
What does bipolar do? you don't have to answer if it makes you feel uncomfortable, i just don't know anything about it at all.
i think a lot of people have some form of OCD to an extent which does not always mean they actually have
OCD, they just do certain things yet it does not interupt their daily life, for example, i sometimes like to have my kitchen cupboard doors closed, it irriates me when they are left open and i also don't like paintings to hang crooked, i used to have a bit of OCD when i was a child, i slightly remember straightening shoes and not being able to sleep unless they were perfectly in line but somehow this just past as i grew up, now i like things to be generally tidy but i don't obsess and sometimes the house gets quiet untidy until i decide to clean it.
when i was a kid, i remember one thing that helped me to get over my OCD, obviously this probably won't work for adults, but i just messed things up, if i felt the need to have a straight line of shoes i'd make them extra messy and in time it worked great
i now have anxiety disorder and a mild social anxiety which pretty much means i get scared of being in overcrowded public places, especially one's where i feel hemmed in, i also get frightened of talking one on one with someone i don't know and can experience anxiety attacks for no reason, this was very hard to deal with when it first happened, i thought i was going crazy but having SAD or GAD does not mean you are crazy, you know your feelings are irrational but you can't help how you feel inside, if that makes any sense.
what has helped me a lot is laughter, if i'm feeling anxious my husband will tease me and make me laugh and nine out of ten time this will make it go away, in severe cases this probably wouldn't help as much but it works for me, another thing i find that helps is to not think about it at all and do other things to occupy myself, in the end, i am just the same as i have always been, i'm a lot shyer than i used to be because of it but i still go out to party's, go shopping and have fun, yes it gets hard some days but i have a very understanding husband and that makes things a lot easier for me and i have a great life and friends, there are plenty of people worse off than me, i am greatful it is only anxiety i have