Dermatillomania (Excoriation) in a Bikini

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

I have a condition called dermatillomania, an anxiety (and usually OCD) based disorder that is characterized by the inability to stop picking, prodding, scraping one’s own skin. I’ve talked about it before, but here’s a quick recap of it. I’ve gone through periods of my life where hours, meaning 4 or 5, were spent on…

I’m so OCD: Sitting in Uncertainty

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

I am absolutely intolerant of uncertainty. This statement applies to me when I’m gripped by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s at the crux of the disorder, but it affects every sufferer differently. OCD, particularly of the checking variety, is all about creating a certain outcome with the same compulsion, a compulsion that is alleviating the same…

I’m so OCD: Tics and Tourettic OCD

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

A twitch, a bark, a swear, a jerk, a hum. Unprompted. Sounds like crazy behavior, doesn’t it? I used to be disturbed, as a young, reactive child, by such bodily functions. Why are these big, scary people humming, muttering, distorting their faces for no perceptible reason? The unknown was looming and terrifying. I stuck to…

I’m so OCD: Obsessive Moral Scrupulosity

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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. Severe OCD is…

I’m so OCD: Excoriation

A freshman philosophy major at Temple University, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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….

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