Hello. I am new to this website, but am looking for friends to help me along my OCD journey. I have had depression for 10 years and have had mild OCD my entire life. My OCD has developed over the past 5 years to a very severe form. Within the last few months – I have become dependent on my fiance to get things from outside of the house, to clean the house, to cook, to mainly do anything that would contaminate me. I wash my hands/arms/body excessively, change clothes often if they are contaminated, avoid people/animals, and have a hard time doing anything these days. I am lucky to have him and my supportive family and friends to help me through these tough times – although it's hard for me to spend any time with anyone other than my fiance. I watch what they do continuously to "make sure" they don't contaminate something. If they do – I then have to obsessively clean up behind them. I recently have been placed on Zoloft and started counseling. I have began a few relaxation exercises and started working through the OCD workbook. My anxiety and depression are decreased since starting the Zoloft, but I am just beginning the battle. I can wash my hands in a few minutes instead of 30 now, but it's still excessive!! I am also very nervous about beginning CBT due to the fact that I actually have to face some of the fears/avoidances that I worry about excessively. I would love input from anyone with similar fears/anxiety producing situations. I also look foward to helping any of you along your journey to recovery. I understand this is going to be a long battle – but I have faith we are all strong enough to lead a normal, healthy life again!
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