New person here, longtime anxiety sufferer, and I wanted to introduce myself.
I'm clinically diagnosed as having OCD, which usually takes the "Pure O" side of the spectrum. It's been something I've dealt with for my entire 30 years. I'm a cognitive behavioral therapy veteran (been through many years of it), and currently use mindfulness awareness meditation and its techniques as a mechanism to not only cope, but thrive in the face of anxiety.
Usually, these days, I'm able to stay on top of it. Over the years, it's taken countless forms. Relationship OCD, health OCD (skin cancer obsessions, asbestos obsessions), obsessive thoughts that I'd harm a person (and yet I would never hurt a fly), obsessive fears that I would never be able to be a dad (turns out that was untrue, my wife and I have a 7 month old), just to name a few of the many.
Lately, my OCD has sprung back—namely in the contamination/chemicals/carcinogens side of the spectrum, which is actually fairly newer for me—and although I know all of the techniques on how to help deal with it, it's always nice to be around others who are also actively dealing with it. Anxiety can be an isolating thing, and sometimes, you just have to share the crazy.
I look forward to getting to know all of you!