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?"
An object in motion stays in motion, and an object at rest stays at rest. I understand the concept of inertia all too well—when I get anxious and depressed I feel as though my body will stay at rest forever. A few months ago I took a short trip to California, essentially a long weekend […]Read more "Life with OCD: Getting Support from the Right Places"
After working on my eating disorder at the residential treatment program, I moved on to receive treatment specifically addressing my OCD at the same facility. The treatment of my OCD included medication, Exposure-Response Prevention and Behavior Therapy. When I arrived at OCD Lake House #4 (my favorite number—I don’t know how I would have reacted […]Read more "Denise’s Diary: My Treatment Plan"
Almost 11 years ago I was diagnosed with OCD. I finally—finally!—knew what was going on, and that meant I could get help. One of the first lines of defense against my intrusive thoughts was Paxil. The first few weeks were a mixed bag of effects: Dry mouth, brain “ticks,” and fatigue. I also started to […]Read more "Life with OCD: Finding Balance"
It was not until I was 28 years old that I realized what was wrong with me. I was watching 20/20 on a Friday evening and the show was about OCD. “Oh, my God,” I thought. “That is me; that is totally me.” I finally was able to put an identity on this shameful disorder […]Read more "Denise’s Diary: The Verdict"
Obsessive compulsive disorder is made up of obsessions and compulsions which are typically followed by many unwanted ideas, thoughts images, and feelings. Some people think they have obsessive compulsive disorder just because that they are unable to walk on the cross walk or, or do something a certain way because it just doesn’t “feel right” […]Read more "Jessica’s Story"
Before I knew I had OCD and was in the depths of despair, I’d often ask, “Why me?” Why did I have to suffer through terrible and upsetting intrusive thoughts? Why couldn’t I be normal like everyone else? I’d always tried to be a good person, and I was being punished anyway. Where had I […]Read more "Life with OCD: Feeling Thankful"