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OCD: My monster and me

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I have had obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for as long as I can remember. From the ages of 5 onwards I began to engage in compulsions, starting with repeating phrases and counting my breaths before bedtime religiously.

Then I developed obsessions and compulsions around contamination, after spending a few years abroad during my early adolescence.

This began mildly with washing dishes and hands multiple times, but as the years passed my OCD spiralled out of control.Developing new compulsionsSuddenly everything around me was dirty – light switches, door handles, pretty much anything outside of my bedroom door had an invisible layer of grime over it.

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