I’m the boss. An OCD Story by PJ.

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#Faceyourfears by P.J. (age 9 years)

Do you know what it is like to be brave and face your fears?  I was 8-years-old when I was diagnosed with OCD.  It was December 24, 2018.  I named my OCD Jilly Bod Tukus McGee, because it was the worst name I could think of.  I call him JB or Jilly Bod.  He made me feel like I meant nothing and could not do anything.  My OCD is about being dirty, but not getting sick.  Jilly Bod makes me feel like I am covered in plastic.  He makes me afraid he is going to take over my life and I won’t be able to have fun. But I needed to persevere.  Then, I went to get help and my life completely changed.  I was able to find my strength and say no to JB.  He still tries to enter my life, but I use the tools the doctors gave me.  They are  “do the opposite,” and to tell JB “I’m the boss!”  I also continue to do exposures, which are when you purposefully do something your OCD does not want you to do.  While I am doing it, I say, “I am OK.”  When I don’t feel ok, I make sure my family is there to tell me I am strong.  I know I will have OCD for the rest of my life, but I also know it won’t control me. 

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