You know you have OCD or an anxiety disorder when buying socks takes this long and fills you with this much distress. … Read More Consumer OCD
I have tics. Quite a few of them. Eye rolling, neck jerking and twisting, shoulder shrugging, diaphragm muscle tensing-and-releasing, and multiple tics in my legs and feet. My tics happen at various times and during various activities. My leg and feet tics always happen when I’m trying to exercise and when I’m trying to sleep.… Read More Confessions of an Adult with Tics
How much do the words we use to describe something matter? How do you feel when someone refers to your deeply held spiritual beliefs as “religion faith?” What about when someone calls it a delusion, a fantasy, or a cult? Spiritual beliefs are a significant part of many people’s lives, and when others portray those beliefs… Read More Words Matter (OCD)
Most people don’t understand the extreme anguish we feel as we try to resist the impulse to make another doctor appointment. We know we have OCD and illness anxiety and so we try to ignore those false signals from our malfunctioning brain, but doing so then makes us feel like we are essentially causing our own deaths because there is a chance that this time it is a serious disease that needs a doctor’s attention before it progresses too far and kills us.… Read More Living with Illness Anxiety OCD
When I was still a college student, there were multiple occasions when I looked down a stairwell or over a balcony railing, and imagined throwing myself off and ending the unbearable suffering that PTSD, OCD, and depression were strangling me with. Why have I survived the depression and the suicidal thoughts and urges that have plagued me for over a decade, but this woman did not survive?… Read More Processing a Public Suicide
I have a friend who has depression and anxiety. Despite these diseases making it extremely difficult for her to climb out of bed every day and go to work at a demanding job, she has done just that for years. She is amazing. Just as amazing as a blind man (like Eric Weihenmayer) or a double… Read More In Awe of Those with Mental Illness
Both of these women blessed my life and the lives of countless others because they had such good character.
It wasn’t a character issue. It was an illness issue. They did need attention—like a person with a broken bone needs attention, like a person who just got in a car accident needs attention, like a person with pneumonia needs attention.… Read More Suicide is Not About Character