Re: OCD has ruined my life.
At 20, you're life is really only beginning. Don't let OCD ruin your life. It's not OCD itself, but maybe the way you are trying to manage it. If medications have not helped, have you tried therapy? Also, there are some really good books on this subject that maybe can help you to start to manage. My OCD started at age 21 but it wasn't until I was 26 that I actually found out what I had and after I bought the book "Brain Lock" by Jeffrey Schwartz, I slowly started to get a handle on it but it's still a work in progress. I have great days, and I have miserable days but I feel much more informed then when I was 21 and the rituals consumed every minute of my day. It's unfortunate that you had to leave school and it's a great thing that you're going back, but if your OCD is still so prominent in your life, there still may be difficulty ahead. Try to buy some books on the subject or seek out a therapy group, maybe try a different medication once you've seen a doctor but definitely do not give up hope that you can regain a sense of happiness even with OCD. It is treatable, you just have to find the right combination that will work for you.
Best of luck,