Dating with ocd
I'll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there's one too many then I'll put it in another cupboard somewhere."I'll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer.Other obsessions include worries about security issues such as having left the cooker on or the house unlocked, a need for everything in life to be ordered with extreme precision, and a fear of making a mistake. In an effort to ease that anxiety they take actions such as washing their hands every few minutes or going around the house checking everything is locked.While OCD tends to be a persistent condition, it can be treated with counselling, medication (usually with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)), or a combination of both.Five years ago David Beckham, the footballer, admitted he had OCD.He said: "I've got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs.My parents and family are incredibly loving and supportive, they always have been,' she said.'I definitely didn't lack a support network that's for sure and I feel extremely lucky for it as I know that isn't the case for everyone. Anything to get the "good job" from my eating disorder.'My family knew there was an issue from the beginning and they tried everything they could to help me. I made excuses as to why I wasn't eating and would often exercise in private so they wouldn't see.'At the age of 10, she recalled the harrowing moment she developed a fear of dying - a problem that became so severe, she'd refused to leave her family home.'I clearly remember walking into the kitchen one night.
Serin, who was diagnosed at 18, has now sought help to manage her obsessions, including hypnotherapy and exposure therapy.Managing my anxiety took years.'I learnt new techniques and learn to sit with it and ride it through.It was not easy and I'd be lying if I said anxiety isn't something I struggle with today.'I still do but I control it instead of it controlling me like it used to.'As she continues on the road to recovery, Genevieve said she feels much happier with her life now.'Its been a long journey however for the last few years I have been the happiest and healthiest I have ever been,' she said.'I have learned to love myself for who I am.The young woman also features in a new Channel 5 documentary My Extreme OCD Life, which provides a fly-on-the-wall observation of her life.Serin's OCD, which started when she was a youngster, saw her wash her hands up to 200 times a day, sometimes have nine showers a day and also wash her clothes up to 15 times a day.