What OCD Looks Like…

Over brushing your teeth can cause a lot of damage. This is part of the problem I have with my teeth. Before I knew I had OCD, I would carry my tooth brush with me and brush my teeth 10 or 12 times a day. It was a difficult habit to change. When people think about OCD, they don’t tend to think of brushing teeth. But I was obsessed with having smooth teeth. I would brush whenever I lost that smooth feel on my teeth. Because of that, I have sensitive teeth, receded gums and thin enamel. All too often, the compulsive behaviors are harmful.

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The last few days have been difficult, high pain days. Had a dystonic storm on Saturday, which was an unexpected work out. In order to stop the storm, I had to take a high dose of benadryl which kicked my butt. Have been resting and trying to let my body recover.  

I haven’t been eating as well as I should and it has resulted in exacerbation of my symptoms. The stress of all that has been going on is also a factor. But I have more control over my diet then the stress. I do what I can to manage the stress levels, but there is only so much I can do in that department. However, I have control over my diet. So, I need to eat better.