For me, the hardest thing about OCD is the sense that I’m doing this to myself – that it’s my fault that I just spent five hours thinking about whether I subtly (and almost painlessly) fractured my pinky finger. That all of that nausea, despair, and loneliness was self-inflicted. Wasn’t it? Well, any sophisticated psychology […]
OCD isn’t complicated. That probably sounds strange, given that I’ve devoted essay after essay to the many facets of this fucker. But it isn’t – it’s actually fairly straightforward.
A condensed version of this essay appears in Shambhala Sun. In the first of the Lotus Sutra allegories, a man must convince his children to put aside their toys in order to escape a burning house. To do so, the man contrives an even more tempting set of playthings – the three ‘chariots’ of the […]
0 First Movers. The universe was created, or it has always existed. We have no justification for believing one over the other. 1 Speed’s Oblivion. I lived in Hanoi for a while, bumping around town on my motorbike, sidecar full of worries. Around Hoan Kiem Lake, I would merge into the whizzy traffic, hungry for speed’s […]
Traci Foust is the author of Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD. She’s also a lovely person – bright, kind, and straight up. In this episode, we talk about coming to terms with OCD’s role in our lives.