OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric condition characterized by unwanted intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and time-consuming behavioral responses (compulsions) designed to reduce discomfort (such as high anxiety or disgust) associated with those thoughts. For more comprehensive information on OCD, please click here.
If all you knew about mental illness came from television, you might think everyone with obsessive compulsive disorder was a "crazy clean freak." Alexandra Ages begs to differ—a person with a mental illness is much more than a television archetype.
Rachael grew up with a feeling that she was different from others. She experienced anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms and had regular meltdowns. Eventually these things turned into a problem with substance abuse. Her inability to adapt to change and childhood anxiety created a barrier, how Rachael's diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome in adulthood helped her to understand her past and gain a newfound stability. Once, Rachael could understand what was going in her mind, she was able to take back control of her life. Read more about Rachael's story!
An OCD story from a young woman who writes about how narrative poetry is helping redirect her obsessive compulsive brain in a beautiful, inspiring way.
We have a strong marriage but with our multiple diagnoses there are challenges that most would not understand—like going to the grocery store or out to eat.
Though I am in recovery from generalized anxiety disorder, (GAD) that doesn’t mean I am cured, I have periods of remission and mini flare-ups.
This installment of our mental health resources column highlights Instagram mental health from authors who have appeared on OC87 Recovery Diaries.
I feel like I need complicated charts, graphs, and spreadsheets to adequately explain how big of a failure I am as a brand new stay-at-home dad.
These five OCD Instagram accounts show different perspectives on what it's like to live with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Yes, I have been diagnosed with depression, OCD and borderline personality disorder. Yet, I am still a good person.
Therapists have told me that I use these repetitive behaviors as way to avoid facing my fears.
All my life, the media had taught me that, in order to suffer from mental illness, you had to endure some kind of a severe trauma. That was incorrect.
When it comes to mental health, how we can become our own best friend in 2018? Here’s what we came up with. Happy New Year to you, friend.
As we seek to #buststigma around mental illness, this installment of our mental health resources column highlights OCD videos on YouTube that we love.
"When you make a choice to put yourself out there, you’re empowering yourself — and you’re empowering others." – Gabriel Nathan
On this episode of OC87 Recovery Diaries on the Radio, we talk about parenting, therapy, and self-care from the perspective of a psychiatrist's daughter.
I am plagued with obsessions and addictions. On default I use mental compulsions (avoidance, reassurance seeking, mental rituals, etc.) to seek relief.
how an everyday encounter with a stranger on the street can morph into a paralyzing prison-like mental trap of repetitive, obsessive thoughts.
“OC87” is a term coined by one of my therapists. It refers to the year 1987: the year I wanted to control everyone and everything.
Bud and Laura interview Philadelphia artists Abby Squire and Rosie Carlson about how art and mental health affect one another.
A round-up of smart, empowering, and engaging OCD Twitter accounts who share our mission to #buststigma around mental illness.
I don’t know if my depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder will ever go away.
“I’d really love to interview my depression,” Mike said. And we were off. Watch Mike Veny do the (near) impossible: interview his depression.
Mike Veny is an advocate who speaks boldly about his journey with mental health. Mike Veny is also a lifesaver. The first life he saved was his own.
I have learned the tools and techniques with which to deal with the many facets of my OCD, including being able to laugh at it once in a while.
What would you say when someone asks “Who are you?” The first word that comes to mind when I think about this question is Student. I’m a student, an academic, a professional learner for life.
I joke about men's mental health because, sometimes, I don’t know what else to do. Of course, the stigma against men’s mental health is not funny.
I talk with my kids about my mental illness often. They know Mommy has bipolar disorder. I teach my children that it’s okay to talk about mental illness.
I live with Asperger’s Syndrome. Recently, I had the privilege to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a play about that same subject.
A recap of the 5 most popular posts on OC87 Recovery Diaries from 2014 plus the OC87 Recovery Diaries team shares what helped us along throughout the year.
As someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, it’s very difficult for me to take the perspective of other people. Recently, I made a breakthrough in this area.
Bud Clayman, from the documentary OC87, talks about his experience with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy while at the International OCD Conference
"The Reel Mind films have a message of hope and recovery. People come in feeling alone and isolated and leave feeling very differently" –Dr Larry Guttmacher
My journey with OCD has been a struggle. Music makes me feel better. I write about what I know. Listen to Chelsea's OCD song, "OCDani."
OCD - People hear the word disorder and they think weird, sick, handicapped, and depraved. Completely unnecessary and irrelevant stigma.
I had a rough go of it with the OCD when I was a teenager. There wasn't a heavy focus on mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy the way there is now.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is divided into the 'C' and the 'B' of CBT. The C is for cognitive, which refers to thought and the 'B' is behavioral therapy.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is one of the disorders that's easily defined by its own name. So you have obsessions which are unwanted, intrusive thoughts
While I haven’t been diagnosed with Haphephobia (a fear of having your personal space violated), I do have a tough time being hugged.
At the time I saw Ordinary People, I was in the midst of major depression and going through a lot of turmoil in my life. I was only nineteen years old.
Behind the scenes of Bud Clayman's documentary OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie.
It wasn’t until I graduated from college that the compulsive behaviors of my OCD emerged. I often had obsessively sad and sometimes violent thoughts.