OCD

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

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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

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

"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

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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Why I Won't Stop Writing About My Mental Illness

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

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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When Every Day Is Controlled By Time

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

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


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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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Growing Up With OCD

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

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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Growing Up With OCD

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

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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OCD Week With Ravishly's Resident Mental Health Ladies

OCD is way more complicated than organized mugs.

When I was little, any time I got an insect bite or stubbed my toe, I had to ask my mom, “Am I going to die? If I was going to die from this, I’d already be dead — right?” I also had a 30-minute prayer that I needed to say at each meal or else everyone would be poisoned and die. And corners. I had to check all of them before I went to bed.

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My Life With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

My compulsions feel like the manifestation of all my faults, rather than what I logically understand them to be: symptoms of an illness I happen to have. I am so ashamed of them that I go to extreme lengths to hide them from the people around me.

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