Veronica is a participant in Young Faces of Mental Illness, a collaboration with SANE and batyr supporting young adults to share their stories, here she shares 5 lies her OCD tells her.
Your thoughts are dangerous: Your OCD may tell you that your thoughts are dangerous, but it is your reaction to those thoughts that makes a difference.
Saying your thoughts out load will make them true:Talking about your obsessions does not make them real or more likely to happen, words do not have the power to make things real.
You should be able to control your thoughts: None of us have control over our thoughts, it is our response to our thoughts that we can control.
Having bad thoughts makes you a bad person: Everyone, good or bad, has bad thoughts and having OCD does not make you a bad person.
You do not even have OCD:Your OCD may tell you you don’t have OCD. Again, having OCD does not make you a bad person.