First, review the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and become familiar with its provisions, that may be the best way to know your exact rights as a worker.
Further, consulting a lawyer who specializes in the ADA may be a good idea. Such a lawyer may be able to help you with any work-related questions you may have. If there is someone you trust in your human resources office, you may want to talk with that person about your OCD so that he or she is aware that you may require some special accommodations.
It may be best to look for a job that is not too stressful, especially if you have not gotten treatment for your OCD. Stress can make OCD symptoms worse, so you probably want to avoid it as much as possible until you start to get treatment and can learn to handle increasing levels of stress. But, you’re in danger of even losing a low stress job if it incites your OCD symptoms to the point where the symptoms interfere in your work.
If you are already receiving treatment for your OCD, then be sure to discuss your work life with your therapist because he or she may be able to give you advice about how best to handle your OCD in the workplace. Or if you can identify specific obsessions you have or compulsions you perform at work, then you and your therapist can practice specific exposures to challenge them.
If you are taking medications, be sure to keep taking them as prescribed, and if you identify any side effects, tell your doctor right away so that he or she may work with you on adjusting the medications as necessary. Further, if you are in need of a therapist, your employee assistance program may be able to help you locate one. This is often a free service that many companies provide to their employees.
Finally, feel free to take a personal day every few months if you have them available. They are there for a reason, so that people can take a break now and then.
If you feel stress building up and are afraid you may start to perform rituals again, it is OK to take a break and allow yourself the chance to relax.