My name is Megan. I am 19 years old and live in Nottingham; however I am currently studying at university in Cardiff. As well as having the normal work and life of a teenager I also have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The OCD I have mainly revolves around intrusive thoughts that bad things will happen to my friends and family, such as they will die or they will go to hell. Because of this I ritualise in my head constantly, which is difficult when I’m also trying to focus on my degree. I also find myself doing rituals such as repeating movements, this includes the stereotypical switching the light switch which might seem simple but for me the thoughts are so over powering it’s hard to always see the humour.
I can remember my OCD as far back as aged 4, however I was not diagnosed till the age of 10 when my parents took me to the GP. I was lucking enough to be referred to a psychologist and begin therapy quickly.
Throughout my years of therapy I found Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy the most successful for me, although I have also tried Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and medication which works to take the edge off it.
Who I am now, compared to 13 year old me is like looking at a different person. I could never have imagined I would be at university studying psychology when back then teachers were telling me I would struggle to even get GCSE’s. I hope to go forward, achieve my degree and keep fighting my OCD.
Anyone thinking about getting help I would so do it. It will not be easy, but it could change your life. There is so much help out there, all you have to do is ask.