70 OCD Quotes To Inspire You To Overcome Obsession

I’ve rounded up the best collection of OCD quotes, sayings, slogans, one-liners, and captions (with images, and pictures) to comfort you overcome and recover from the obsession.

What Is OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive and repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that interfere with daily life.

These obsessions and compulsions can vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe.

People with OCD often feel compelled to perform repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, counting, or arranging objects in a specific way, in order to ease the anxiety caused by their obsessions.

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The condition can be distressing and disruptive, but with proper treatment and support, people with OCD can learn to manage their symptoms and live fulfilling lives.

Quotes about OCD can serve as a source of inspiration and comfort, reminding sufferers that they are not alone in their struggles.

These inspirational OCD quotes can also help to raise awareness about OCD and the challenges faced by those living with this condition.

Top 10 OCD Quotes To Inspire You

  1. “OCD is not a disease that bothers; it is a disease that tortures.” – J.J. Keeler

  2. “OCD doesn’t feel like a choice and doesn’t bring a sense of fulfillment and joy.” – Marisa T. Mazza

  3. “It’s like you have two brains a rational brain and an irrational brain. And they’re constantly fighting.” – Emilie Ford

  4. “OCD can also impact your family and friends. Watching someone suffering from OCD isn’t easy.” – Marisa T. Mazza

  5. “It’s not the thoughts but rather what you do with them that maintains the OCD cycle.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  6. “Doubt permeates the OCD mind. It’s difficult to be 100 percent certain of almost any situation in life.” – Laura L. Smith

  7. “When it isn’t thinking about the future, the OCD mind dwells on possibilities from the past. The mind fills with thoughts about what might have occurred.” – Laura L. Smith

  8. “Because the thoughts and behaviors of those with OCD are so unusual or socially unacceptable, people with OCD often feel deeply embarrassed and ashamed.” – Laura L. Smith

  9. “The OCD mind focuses on possible future calamities. The predictions almost never come true. Yet, the obsessive thoughts keep coming and demanding attention.” – Laura L. Smith

  10. “For most people, OCD is probably best understood as a misunderstanding of how their minds work, which can lead to some attempts to solve the problem that backfire.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

Best Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Quotes

By sharing these quotes and spreading awareness about OCD, we can help to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and provide support and understanding to those who are struggling with this condition.

  1. “OCD is not a choice, but recovery is.” – T.J                                                                                                           
    OCD Quotes
    OCD Quotes

  2. “OCD is not a flaw in character, but a malfunction in the brain.” – Unknown

  3. “OCD is not just a quirky personality trait, it’s a battle that’s fought every day.” – Unknown                                                 
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    quotes on ocd

  4. “O. C. D. feels like a daily battle with my own brain.” – Unknown                                                                                     
    Quotes About OCD
    Quotes About OCD

  5. “My OCD is a speed bump, not a barrier, to happiness.” – Amelia Diane Coombs

  6. “Your thoughts are not facts. You don’t have to believe or act on them.” – Unknown

  7. “You don’t have to learn how to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.” – Unknown

  8. “…people with OCD often wear a mask. On the outside they appear so put together, but on the inside, they are falling apart. ” – Marisa T. Mazza

  9. “People with OCD including myself, realize that their seemingly uncontrollable behavior is irrational, but they feel unable to stop it.” – Abhijit Naskar

  10. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.” – Paulo Coelho

  11. “Telling someone with OCD to stop obsessing about something is like telling someone who’s having an asthma attack to just breathe normally.” – Tamara Ireland Stone

  12. “Rationally, you may know that what the OCD is saying is unlikely, maybe even untrue; however, there is always the chance that something you’re afraid of might happen, so it’s scary.” – Marisa T. Mazza

  13. “People who live with OCD drag a metal sea anchor around. Obsession is a break, a source of drag, not a badge of creativity, a mark of genius or an inconvenient side effect of some greater function.” – David Adam

  14. “Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is experiencing unwanted intrusive thoughts or urges and repetitive physical or mental behaviors. OCD is associated with anxiety or disgust and has a negative impact on your daily life.” – Marisa T. Mazza

  15. “A lot of people assume that having OCD means liking things organized or hating germs. It tends to be treated like a quirk or an endearing trait. But it’s so much more than that. It’s the one thing that prohibits me from being free of myself.” – Whitney Amazeen

  16. “Oftentimes, giving in to the OCD means moving further away from your values and the life you want. Your OCD may have been guiding your life for far too long. You now have an alternate path. Are you willing to let your values be your guiding light?” – Marisa T. Mazza

  17. “The primary difference between people with OCD and those without it is not simply the content of the thoughts, but their perspective on the thoughts. If your perspective is that a particular thought is “bad” in and of itself, then that thought may become problematic.” – Jon Hershfield & Tom Corboy

  18. “… the irony of OCD—it tells you bad things will happen if you don’t do these compulsions, but ultimately, it’s these compulsions that pull you further and further away from your life. Before you know it, all this time and energy that was put into preventing bad things actually caused bad things to happen!” – Marisa T. Mazza

Famous Quotes About OCD

  1. “Ruminating on OCD obsession is like praying for something you don’t want.” – Unknown

  2. “OCD thoughts can come into your mind but it’s up to you if you pay attention to them.” – Anonymous

  3. “I’m a hygiene freak. I’m like obsessive-compulsive when it comes to washing your hands.” – Kelly Clarkson

  4. “In OCD, not getting things we believe we have a responsibility for ‘just right’ turns out to be at the centre of things.” – Fiona Challacombe

  5. “I have got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line, or everything has to be in pairs.” – David Beckham

  6. “I have OCD, which is not fun. I have to be incredibly tidy and organized or it messes with my mind and switches off on me.” – Charlize Theron

  7. “I have a slight bit of OCD, I think. I’m not walking around flipping light switches. But when I say I’m going to do something, I have to do it.” – Eminem

  8. “To react to OCD is to jump into compulsions. To respond to OCD is to observe what your mind is doing and choose your next step.” – Jon Hershfield & Tom Corboy

  9. “When your OCD is loud and you are caught up in it, what happens to the rest of your life? Oftentimes when we are struggling, we lose sight of what else is out there.” – Marisa T. Mazza

  10. “The problem with OCD isn’t that you think too much. It’s that you confuse the intensity, volume, or visibility of your thoughts with their importance.” – Jon Hershfield & Tom Corboy

  11. “OCD ranges in severity from causing distress and negatively impacting your everyday routine to being totally debilitating to the point where you’re unable to function normally.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  12. “On OCD: “The OCD sufferer may feel they have to do increasingly more of their compulsive behaviour just to feel ‘normal’ just as the addict may need to take increasingly more of a substance to get the same hit.”  – Mark Tyrrell

  13. “OCD is NOT cute, fun, quirky desirable, cool, or trendy. OCD is anxiety and guilt-ridden. debilitating, demoralizing, frustrating, embarrassing, exhausting and painful. The next time you think you’re “so OCD” …you’re not. You’re “so misinformed.” – Unknown

OCD Awareness Quotes To Comfort You

  1. “I got 99 problems and OCD is one of them.” – Unknown

  2. “Don’t believe the guilt. It’s only a byproduct of OCD.” – Unknown

  3. “Let OCD tell you whatever it wants. Don’t try to solve it.” – Unknown                                                                     
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    ocd awareness quotes

  4. “Yes, I have OCD. No, it isn’t just about being a “neat freak.”” – Unknown

  5. “Don’t try to figure out an OCD question. Accept the uncertainty.” – Unknown

  6. “If you want to get over OCD you need to be as strong as the disorder.” – Unknown                                                                 
    Inspirational OCD quotes
    Inspirational OCD quotes

  7. “With OCD, the more you seek the answer the more questions will arise.” – Unknown

  8. “OCD thoughts are not the problem. Your choice to take them seriously is the problem.” – Unknown

  9. “If you are going through an OCD spike, allow it to pass, don’t force it to leave. Give no energy towards it!” – Unknown

  10. “Don’t feel bad for yourself because you have OCD. Feeling bad is a sign of weakness and you need to be strong in your battle with OCD.” – Unknown

  11. “Don’t make fun of anyone with OCD because the person from outside is calm like water but from the inside anxiety can develop a hurricane.” – Unknown

  12. “However much rational argument you provide, you still won’t feel 100 percent convinced. The OCD likes to have the last word, so you could keep arguing with it forever.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  13. “An important idea that keeps OCD going is that even if something bad happening is unlikely, you should still do everything possible to try to prevent it (i.e. inflated responsibility belief).” – Fiona Challacombe

  14. “When you have OCD, you’ve unwittingly trained yourself to be very attentive to the thoughts that you don’t like. Luckily, you can retrain yourself to pay a whole lot less attention to these thoughts. Think of it like going to the attention gym.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  15. “Let OCD tell you whatever it wants, just don’t try to solve it. The thoughts are not the problem.” – Unknown

OCD Sayings For Recovery

  1. “You are in control of your OCD. No Fear = No OCD.” – Unknown                                                                                                   
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    OCD quotes recovery

  2. OCD recovery doesn’t just come to you. You have to make it happen.” – Unknown

  3. “At its crux, OCD treatment is about learning to live with the discomfort of uncertainty.” – Jeff Bell

  4. “Curing yourself of obsessive compulsive disorder by going to a strip club is pretty strange.” – Tracy Kidder

  5. “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” – Unknown

  6. “OCD is exactly a self-torturing comfort zone in the form of a loop. You must have to break it first to be free from OCD.” – Unknown

  7. “Some people have described their OCD like a “brain itch” or a “brain hiccup.” In other words, OCD can feel impossible to suppress.” – Laura L. Smith

  8. “It takes dedication, perseverance and patience to overcome OCD, and each of these is far more valuable to you than thinking about your speed!” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  9. “At times, seeing your way out of OCD through the forest of intolerance of uncertainty, fear, excessive responsibility and so on can be hard.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  10. “The key to beating OCD is in learning to habituate to the distressing feelings that come with it so that in time the stimuli no longer produce these feelings.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  11. “Because all mental compulsions or responses maintain the problem, it stands to reason that in order to kick your OCD into touch, you need to respond differently.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  12. “A full recovery doesn’t in any way depend on having the mental events no longer enter your mind. A full recovery depends on reclaiming your mind, body, heart and soul from the clutches of your OCD.” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  13. “The better you get at acting against your OCD, the easier ignoring it is. The easier ignoring it is, the less it bothers you. The less it bothers you, the easier it is to act against it and get on with more important things in your life!” – Katie d’Ath & Rob Willson

  14. “Fighting OCD is like boxing. Each time you go against a thought, it’s a punch to its strength. Each time you listen to your OCD, its biceps get bigger and it becomes a more powerful opponent. It’s a war of attrition—you just have to keep fighting.” – Allison Britz

  15. “Not having to control or fight OCD can lead to a sense of freedom or lightness. Your energy can then be spent on things that you find meaningful. I often hear people say, “My OCD is exhausting.” After working on letting go of control, suddenly people report having more energy.” – Marisa T. Mazza


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