Coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder can be difficult. Medications can have unwanted side effects, and you might feel embarrassed or frustrated about having a condition that requires long-term treatment.

Here are some ways to help cope with OCD:

  • Learn about OCD. Education about your condition can empower you and motivate you to stick to your treatment plan.
  • Join a support group. Support groups for people with OCD can help you reach out to others facing similar challenges.
  • Stay focused on your goals. Recovery from OCD is an ongoing process. Stay motivated by keeping your recovery goals in mind.
  • Find healthy outlets. Explore healthy ways to channel your energy, such as hobbies and recreational activities. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting adequate sleep can have a positive effect on your treatment.
  • Learn relaxation and stress management. Try stress management techniques such as meditation, muscle relaxation, deep breathing, yoga or tai chi.
  • Stick with your regular activities. Go to work or school as you usually would. Spend time with family and friends. Don't let OCD get in the way of your life. If OCD disrupts activities or your daily routine, work with an experienced therapist on doing exposures to reduce this disruption.

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Published: 09 Jun 2014

Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014