Living with a mental disorder

People usually said that their lives were difficult. If people were diagnosed with a mental disorder, then their lives would become significantly harder. I am diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD for short).

A mental disorder can start developing in an individual at any point in his/ her life. I was officially diagnosed with OCD by a psychiatrist when I was 13 years old. Having said that, I am highly confident that I was already developing OCD before that point. I would say this because I could remember feeling a lot of anxiety and various symptoms.

When a mental disorder starts developing in a person, generally all aspects of the person’s life would be affected, usually for worse. Every aspects of a person’s life would be affected without exception. Me, I remembered feeling a lot more feeling that I would later learn is anxiety. I also remembered doing a lot of strange behaviors that I can remember little of nowadays.

A facet of mental disorders that might be less talked about than the effect in the physical body of the sick is the social influence of the mental disorder. Having a mental disorder would greatly influence a person’s social life and his/ her ways of engaging with other people around him/ her. generally other people would react negatively to the effects. When I was 13 years old, I was in my first year of secondary education. Due to the effects of the OCD on myself and other people around me at that time, I was treated so badly by other people that I couldn’t study and quit school by the end of the year.

Life with a mental disorder is difficult but doesn’t mean you can’t live your life. With proper healthcare using medication and therapy, you can have a happy and productive life the same as everyone else around you.

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