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.


Unsolicited Advice

by Matt B. on November 16, 2014

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 […]


OCD in Twelve Fragments

by Matt B. on November 12, 2014

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.


Eminem, Ultimate Fighting, and OCD

November 3, 2014

What are the upsides and downsides of “coming out” about OCD? In my experience, it’s been all upsides.

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An Interview with Janet Singer, Author and OCD Mom

October 26, 2014

In 2007, Janet Singer’s son Dan was diagnosed with OCD. After a near-fatal journey through OCD’s hell, Dan emerged, and today he’s living a healthy life. Janet changed too, dedicating herself to raising awareness about OCD and its treatment.

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