I suffer from harm OCD, and the only person who knows about that is my girlfriend, who supports me a lot. I don’t feel ready yet to reveal it to others in my social circle. However, I will have to mention it at some point probably. I was wondering what the best way to do it. I hope to hear some of your experiences too.
From my experience, the easiest way is to join an online community as you do now. You can read more about other people’s experiences and realize it’s a condition like any other. Then you can open up to the people you trust most in your life. Afterward, you will feel in a more accessible position to share it with other friends and relatives if you feel the need to.
You should focus on your treatment and start improving your condition first. After some time, when you feel confident in your progress, you can start thinking about sharing it. This is what I did myself, and probably it’s not the right way for everyone but for me, it worked well.