Over 1 year, Renée’s mom died, she came out as queer, lost her job, and started deconstructing her faith. She became overwhelmed with depression and obsessed with life events. It would take hearing a comedian for her to finally understand what was going on.
Zac first experienced a panic attack when he was a teenager. But upon reflection in adulthood, he realized his mental issues began with OCD as a child. After struggling with both, he found ways to recover.
Kathryn’s mind is always trying to find answers to questions about her identity; the main questions being 1) Is my relationship right for me? and 2) Am I gay? This leads her to a diagnosis of ROCD (Relationship OCD) and HOCD (Homosexual OCD).
Robert was suicidal as he struggled with stress and betrayal. He knew he needed immediate help. He was forced to wait months, left to cope on his own and fighting for his need for therapy.
I haven’t felt I was worthy enough sharing the darker sides of my OCD (namely the effect it has on me) and the fact that since my last article, I haven’t gotten any better. As my OCD takes a much tighter hold on me, though, I find the need to be honest—honest about my frustration and my pain, so you can be honest about yours. One of the most powerful things for me is the solace found in knowing you have allies when you feel lost and helpless—when you feel out of control.
~ Shana Herron
Katy Moyes is diagnosed with OCD and anxiety at a young age. Later in life, her OCD fixates on food and she develops an eating disorder. She longs to talk to someone about what’s going on and finds private therapy is her answer.
When people hear the term “OCD” they often do not visualize the internal battle, the root of the rituals and the fixations. They don’t visualize the torment that leads people to say things repeatedly, to write things repeatedly, and to turn lights off and on repeatedly, in order to achieve a sense of relief from the responsibility of ensuring that something is done “just right”. To quiet the anxiety of doom. Shana Herron wants to shed light—to pull back the curtain–on this aspect of obsessive compulsive disorder. She wants to reveal her struggle.