As a kid and teenager, my faith was very important to me. I grew up going to a Lutheran church every Sunday, and I also participated in Wednesday school (where we’d get out of school early on Wednesdays and attend lessons at church for a couple of hours), Sunday school, and youth group. My goal […]Read more "Life with OCD: My Religious Obsessions"
Very few of my obsessions are easy to talk about, especially to people who don’t know much about OCD. While I may choke up a little talking about my childhood obsessions because it’s a painful memory, I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of them. Fast-forward just a few years to the obsessions I had in middle […]Read more "Life with OCD: How to Talk About Taboo Intrusive Thoughts"
Ask me what my obsessions are, and I’ll tell you that right now I really don’t obsess much about anything anymore—which isn’t to say I don’t get intrusive thoughts or feel any anxiety—but in the years leading up to my diagnosis I had many different obsessions. While some people obsess over just one thing, many […]Read more "Life with OCD: Why the Themes of Our Obsessions Change"
Evidence is quite clear that OCD is more likely to run in families. Many people with OCD have one or more family members who also have it or some other type of anxiety disorder influenced by the brain’s serotonin levels. Having the genetic tendency for OCD doesn’t mean that a person will definitely develop it, […]Read more "Denise’s Diary: It Runs in the Family"
The day I was diagnosed with OCD was the first time I even hinted at the theme of my intrusive thoughts. I’d been terrified to tell anyone what I’d been obsessing about, and I’d done—ahem—obsessive research into therapists I thought I could trust. See, my worst fear about divulging my secrets was that I’d be […]Read more "Life with OCD: Keep Spreading the Word"
The biggest and let me emphasize BIGGEST challenge I had to face and overcome was when my youngest daughter started dating a wonderful young man just a few years ago, one of the nicest young men I had ever met. He was a person who owned a beautiful home, was financially stable, smart, and did […]Read more "Denise’s Diary: My Son-In-Law is a Funeral Director"
A few years ago, right before my book, Being Me with OCD, was published, I got a new job. After a couple months, my department went out for happy hour, and I told one of my co-workers about my book. “Is it funny?” he asked. I wasn’t sure I’d heard right, so I repeated his […]Read more "Life with OCD: Can You Laugh About OCD?"