It’s taxing being comfortable leaving the house in the afternoon when you have mild to extreme OCD.
This disorder manifests itself completely differently for one person versus another, and even a single person’s symptoms can vary from one afternoon to the next.
Mine manifest when I fear I’m leaving the house with fire hazards of any kind. That’s why I unplug appliances and electronics from the walls inside, giving myself and others a tiny bit of peace of mind regarding our fears of a house fire. Others would balk at our behavior, however why if it doesn’t bother them? Clearly our obsessive rituals only affect myself, and if they ever affected our family I would get immediate help. But I think that there are plenty of people out there love myself and others who are functioning perfectly good with just a few triggers that are straight-forward enough to handle without pharmaceutical intervention. One improvement I made that has given myself and others more peace of mind is adding a smart temperature control to our central Heating and Air Conditioning system. No longer do I have to worry if I remembered to change the setting on our temperature control before leaving the house for work. I love to keep it fairly cold while I sleep, even though I don’t want it cycling non-stop while I’m at work when outdoor temperatures naturally rise. If I forget, I can absolutely make an adjustment with the cellphone application that controls the smart temperature control remotely. And if it’s cold outside and I want to engage the gas furnace before leaving work for the evening, I can do that as well. I’m just scratching the surface of the features and capabilities of our brand new smart temperature control.