On the heels of our recent post about the intrusions of anxiety comes a related first-person account, this one about the effects of obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. The article manages to marry form to content, filling its prose with intentional cross-outs to give readers a glimpse into the endless corrections that OCD individuals tend to enact upon themselves and reality. This quote says it all:
OCD, real OCD, isn't like that at all. It's much, much more i̶n̶s̶i̶d̶i̶o̶u̶s̶ p̶e̶r̶v̶a̶s̶i̶v̶e̶ sinister than that. The best description that I can come up with is that it's like a parasite that attaches itself to your mind and grows and grows and slowly infects every aspect of your life. It's like a slow, unceasing progression. It starts in your thoughts, then your behavior, then your personality, and soon, it messes up your relationships with other people.
Treating OCD can be as simple as medicating it, or as difficult as undergoing years of therapy. For many, it may be necessary to work out the psychology behind the rumination and repetition.
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