EDITOR’S NOTE: Our first College Week a few weeks back was such a success, we’ve decided to have another one! Please enjoy posts through Friday about the college experiences of students with Tourette Syndrome!
Hey guys! I am back at college, first year behind me! Classes are going great, and I am loving all of my teachers so far. Ratemyprofessor.com is incredible with finding good teachers, and I definitely recommend that for kids who are going into college or already are in college.
Moving in was a rough day for me. My OCD acted up the earliest it ever had, around 12:30. Also, it didnt help that my tics weren’t the best, either. I had been trying to not eat at night, and I would chew gum so I wouldn’t go looking for food, but something in the gum made my tics worse. They are slowly getting better, but it’s still a struggle.
Anyways, moving in was rough for me, but I got through it. It’s always hard in the moment to think of anything else for me. My therapist said that I have purely obsessive OCD, where all I have are the thoughts, and the few compulsions I have are because of my thoughts. So I’m there, trying to concentrate on anything but my crazy OCD thoughts, and they’re just there — hitting me with little thoughts throughout the day.
I got through it, though, but it was hard. I was just so overwhelmed with everything that day that I couldn’t take it. Now, being here for almost a week, it’s been alot easier. I feel more comfortable here than ever before, especially because all of my friends are living on the same floor as I am. I had a lot of ups and downs freshman year, and now, being a sophomore, it’s a lot better.
I am loving my sophomore year, and my tics and OCD are not holding me back — just as they should not for you! Remember, your tics and OCD are only as strong as you let them be!