I’m so OCD: Anorexia and OCD

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I’m so OCD is a recurring theme. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is my primary diagnosis and I’ve noticed that there are many circulating misconceptions and misunderstandings of the disorder. I’ll be writing about different compulsions and areas within OCD’s jurisdiction, in the hopes that discussion of it will help foster understanding and compassion. Warning: some of…

Art Therapy, Big and Small

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Prior to my most recent treatment, I’d always considered myself a serious writer, exclusively. Writing felt justifiably academic, and I was good at it. I didn’t judge others for their skill level, but if I wasn’t any good at drawing, painting, poetry, sculpting, photography, why should I bother? More importantly, my OCD-related imperative that I…

What the 12 Steps Can Do for You

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Though often the first level of mental healthcare folks are exposed to, “___ Anonymous” groups are the treatment type I’ve been least exposed to. When I was in treatment for my eating disorder, however, I was introduced to Eating Disorders Anonymous. I also attended, though they weren’t mandatory for me, the nightly Alcoholics and/or Narcotics…

I’m so OCD: Excoriation

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I’m so OCD is going to be a recurring article theme. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is my primary diagnosis and I’ve noticed that there are many circulating misconceptions and misunderstandings of the disorder. I’ll be writing about different compulsions and areas within OCD’s jurisdiction, in the hopes that discussion of it will help foster understanding and compassion….

What to Expect When You Ask for Help

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I can think of a handful of powerful reasons for my not wanting to ask for help with my eating disorder. I was afraid of what losing my vice grip on my body would mean for my other disorders. I was afraid of admitting that my obsessive exercise and restriction was not strong, after all,…

3 Things I Learned from Graduating High School in 6 Years

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Four years of high school, four years of college, maybe a couple years or so of grad school. It’s a progression most high school students I know don’t spend much time considering the necessity of, as unspokenly expected as it is. It’s a progression that my deviation from has resulted in a painful degree of…

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