OCD

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OCD Isn’t An Anxiety Disorder – Here’s Why That Matters

When I was diagnosed with OCD several years ago, like most people, I assumed it was an anxiety disorder. It wasn’t until months later that I stumbled on articles debating the merits of defining OCD as an entirely separate category of mental illness.

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Here’s What It’s Really Like To Have OCD

People just don’t get OCD. OCD is a well-recognized mental illness which affects roughly 1-2% of the population. Yet, it remains badly misunderstood.

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"At times, it feels like a silent horror movie is being played out in my head, one that I am a part of but have no control over." Image credit: Beth Solano via Unsplash

This Is What It's Like To Live With The Dark Side Of OCD

In all seriousness, there’s a side to this disorder that isn’t discussed enough because it’s uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable for those of us who struggle because we’re afraid of being judged, and it’s upsetting and disturbing to hear that a friend or family member is experiencing them.

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"Talking about mental health is a big part of my job, but that doesn’t make my own mental illness any less personal."

Why I Won't Stop Writing About My Mental Illness

I didn't fall in love with John Green’s writing the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once. I fell in love with it the way you pass out during a particularly nasty panic attack: all at once and then all at once.

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Time runs life for everyone, but it's a different struggle with OCD.

When Every Day Is Controlled By Time

I have OCD and I focus incessantly on time as a proxy for order an

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Dear Neurotypical People: Please Stop Gatekeeping OCD


During a psychology lecture in 2012, I casually mumbled to a friend that the optical illusions on the teacher's slides were “messing with my OCD,”

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It took until my early 20s to learn I suffered from OCD, and that life didn’t have to be like this. Image: quimuns/Pixabay

Growing Up With OCD

The fear of my parents getting killed driving me there or back loomed around every decision. I always went with my parents on every errand possible, pretending I liked the grocery store.

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It took until my early 20s to learn I suffered from OCD, and that life didn’t have to be like this. Image: quimuns/Pixabay

Growing Up With OCD

The fear of my parents getting killed driving me there or back loomed around every decision. I always went with my parents on every errand possible, pretending I liked the grocery store.

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