I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 16 in a sunny room with a small window behind my head, a medium-sized window to my left and tulips outside. I listened to Nightmare Of You’s “Marry Me” punctuated by a song fromÂ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Jon Brion. I was wearing green. More
Topic: obsessive compulsive disorder
Parenting is a wonderful, beautiful thing when done well. Unfortunately, it can also come with some serious stress — keeping your child safe, keeping them happy, making sure everything is baby-proofed, attempting to shield them from the awful things in the world…it’s enough to drive a mom or dad proverbially crazy. But what if it caused actual mental illness? More
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been in the news lately, thanks in large part to the HBO show Girls. Still, there’s many misconceptions in relation to what OCD actually is and how it manifests itself in people’s lives. OCD isn’t just … More
There’s been a flurry of attention about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, lately, largely because the HBO show Girls. Hannah Horvath, the character played by Lena Dunham, has struggled with the disorder for the past few episodes, making OCD a topic of conversation for bloggers, critics and casual viewers alike. While some critics have called the appearance of OCD in Hannah’s life unbelievable, others have praised the show for its nuanced, realistic portrayal of a young woman with the anxiety disorder. To learn even more about what it’s like to live with this condition, we talked to Alison Dotson, author of Being Me withÂ OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life, a book for teens due outÂ this October. Alison tells us more about life as a young woman with OCD (and no, it’s not all hand washing and light flicking). More
Sometimes there’s a thin line between healthy and unhealthy behavior. And one day in my early twenties, I realized Iâ€™d stepped over it. I suffered from anorexia after collegeâ€”back then I obsessively monitored food labels to make sure my meals added up to less than 800 calories per day. Iâ€™d left that nonsense behind years ago. But there I was standing alone in a Marthaâ€™s Vineyard grocery store aisle, agonizing over the nutritional content of various tortilla wraps while my friends breezed by, talking and laughing and loading their communal cart with burgers and chips and macaroni.
Sure, instead of obsessing over calorie and fat content I was carefully examining the ingredient
lists of each brand. But it still felt disturbingly familiar.
Was it? More
Catherine Zeta-Jones released a statement yesterday, announcing that she not only has Bipolar II Disorder, but that she also recently sought treatment at a mental health care facility in the wake of hubby Michael Douglas’ cancer scare. Good on her for being so forthcoming â€“ usually, celebrities go to exorbitant lengths to hide their illnesses from the public which, in most cases, is a recipe for disaster. Hollywood just can’t keep secrets today like it could 20 years ago. TMZ, Perez Hilton, and the 24-hour AP newswire all have insiders and whistleblowers informing them of every celebrity hang-nail, papercut, bunion and sniffle. But Zeta-Jones has effectively issued a preemptive strike against speculation by just owning up to the truth of her situation. More
Are you as excited as we are about the June 28 (10 p.m. ET) season two premiere of Obsessed on A&E? It’s a true-life docu-series about people struggling with all kinds of serious anxiety disorders. And we’re slightly obsessed with … More