DEAR MR. BOBCAT
What's your question?
I have OCD and lately it's been acting up more than usual. OCD makes me have anxiety over the smallest of things like a chair being to close to a wall or not counting the number of times I see a tree. It's been worse lately and I don't know what to do. When my OCD builds up too much it gives me anxiety attacks which suck. What can I do to not have such bad OCD tendencies?
First of all, we are not experts. We can only give you suggestions. If you want better advice that can go into more depth, talk to a counselor; they can help you more than we ever can. Good job reaching out to us. It might be hard to reach out to someone else, but talking to someone who you trust can help. My advice is to remember that you’re not alone, and even when it seems like everything isn’t right, you can still be at peace.
Grounding or mindfulness, whatever you prefer to call it, could help. Close your eyes and focus on what you’re sensing around you. Feel the ground beneath your feet and concentrate on that. Or what you can smell or hear. Identify what you're sensing. This should help calm you down and focus. It isn’t guaranteed to help with OCD but it can help you with panic attacks. Take it from someone who knows. You aren’t alone in this, and there are those who are there to help you at all times. Remember, we have a counseling office by the front office with really nice counselors. If you are struggling, you can go see them any time of the school day, even during class. They are there to help.