Hardy, Eliot, and OCD

by Matt B. on April 21, 2015

Sometimes, others just say it better.

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OCD makes me feel afraid of many things. At the deepest level, though, they all have something in common: They’re all thoughts.

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OCD’s Infernal Call and Response

by Matt B. on April 9, 2015

And as he is who dreams of his own harm / Who dreaming wishes it may be a dream, / So that he craves what is, as if it were not – Inferno, Canto XXX

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I’ve collected my first nineteen OCD essays into book form. It’s now available in paperback and Kindle versions.

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Most books about obsessive-compulsive disorder fall into two categories. First, there are the memoirs – first-person accounts of journeys through OCD’s hell. (Fletcher Wortmann’s Triggered and Traci Foust’s Nowhere Near Normal, for example, offer enormously moving and dead-accurate pictures of what it’s like to live this life.)

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If I Should Die Before I Publish

April 2, 2015

I’ve been working on a book for the past nine months, and I’m afraid I’ll die before I finish. Some of this is just melodramatic impatience; approaching the conclusion of a big project can be a nervy experience for anyone. But some of it is OCD.

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OCD and the Morning Blindside

March 30, 2015

OCD attacks first thing in the morning – before I have a chance to realize that I haven’t done anything wrong. In my grogginess, sounds and sensations – and above all, feelings – are heightened, unfiltered.

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