Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a mental disease that plagues thousands of people in the United States and even more around the world. Many people have this disease but are afraid to seek help because of the fact that it is extremely embarrassing to admit to people that you suffer from it. I have OCD and although there isn't a cure for this disease yet, there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms.

Therapy is possibly one of the most important things that you can do when you have OCD. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a very strong and proven method to help you cope with your disease. In therapy your therapist may also teach you what being "mindful" is which is separating yourself from your OCD. This is basically telling yourself that yes, you have OCD, but you are NOT OCD. Mindfulness based CBT is teaching your brain how to live with OCD without labelling your symptoms as being your true thoughts and feelings.

Excercise and eating right is I believe an extremely crucial step in maintaining good mental health with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Eliminating sugary foods and drinks while also eliminating or minimizing your use of things with caffeine included in it are very important in keeping yourself mentally healthy while living with OCD. Also try to read labels of sinus medications and other over-the counter drugs to see if there are stimulants in it. If there are stimulants (such as pseudoephedrine) listed as an active ingredient in the medicine, AVOID IT!

Another very positive thing you can do to decrease your symptoms of OCD is to see a Psychiatrist who will prescribe you anxiety medication to help better cope and deal with your OCD. Medicine sometimes does not work, as 1/3 of people who take medication for OCD do not see much improvement. However, what do you have to lose? There is a very real possibility that medication could help improve your mental health.

The last thing that I want to point out is for you to be open and honest with your family and friends about your OCD. Tell your friends and family what things trigger your OCD so they can avoid saying those things or try to eliminate situations that could potentially trigger you. It is very crucial to put everything on the table and explain your OCD to the people closest to you even though it may seem extremely hard and scary to do at first.

These few things I hope will potentially decrease your OCD symptoms. I am not a doctor however, just a OCD sufferer, and this is what I have been told to do and the tools and tips I've been given to try to maintain wellness and live a happy life even with this nasty disorder.