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I can be much too hard on myself and too serious about ocd and how I treat it.  It's easy to forget that ocd is a medical condition, a mental illness, one that I doubt anyone with ocd chooses to have.  I sometimes get too caught up in treating myself that I forget to laugh at myself.  When ocd is picking on me I initially get anxious and if the anxiety level does not drop to a "tolerable" level in some amount of time then my mood goes from content to sad or depressed or slightly depressed.  During this whole process it's easy to forget that my mood will go back up and my anxiety level will disipate and I'll bounce back.  I have to laugh at the things that go through my head for they are not real and often times very strange.  They may cause me a great deal of distress but they are also just thoughts and when I step back and look at them without becoming emotionally attached, I can see them as strange yet part of the normal human experience.  People without ocd have just as many strange and crazy thoughts, they just don't get stuck on them.

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