Living With OCD | Pete Mason

July 9, 2014 12:23 PM

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Living With OCD | Pete Mason

It can be difficult explaining to others what obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is, mainly because popular culture hasn't been kind to those of us with OCD. This isn't merely the stereotypical checking of the oven, meticulous cleaning, or recently in Hannah Horvath's experience on Girls, doing things eight times each. I've been there with all of them (although my oven is always off), but what OCD boils down to is trying to keep one thing, one thought from changing my focus for the day and upending everything I had planned to do.

I was first diagnosed with OCD in June of 2008, the result of looking into finding out what it was that was holding me back. The testing was nothing too intense, almost enjoyable, but the results were a bit surprising. Seeing "obsessive-compulsive disorder" listed in big letters, with no more than a...

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