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.
Mike Stroh medicated his anxiety, depression, and obsessiveness with drugs and alcohol for almost 20 years. It took a serious romantic relationship, and recognizing it needs to start with him, to begin his journey towards recovery.
Jenn writes a compelling narrative of the obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions that invade as she struggles to leave the house with her hair straightener still hot. Now 2 years later, she shares that saying “I need help” was the first step towards her recovery with OCD.
Neurotic Nelly’s illness is invisible and her mind broken. But she knows she cannot trade it in for a new one and that’s okay.
Hannah shares her experience with BDD, anxiety and depression as she begins a new school year in a foreign country, not sure if she is mentally stable enough.