OCD Loves a Power Vacuum

by Matt B. on May 5, 2015

I lay in bed, confused: my mind is awake, but my body is tired. This is OCD’s Elysium.


OCD: A Question

by Matt B. on May 4, 2015

The man believed/felt like his world was going to end. Not the world – just his. (The rest would go on, indifferently.) The point isn’t, Was the man right? The point is, He felt this way. Would you read the last two sentences differently if I replaced “man” with “boy”? If so, why?


OCD as a Form of Stage Fright

by Matt B. on April 29, 2015

In this episode of The OCD Podcast, I discuss a deeply confusing aspect of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sometimes, I know exactly how to respond to OCD – but I’m too paralyzed to act. Why does this happen, and how to respond more effectively?


Standard Operating Procedures for OCD

by Matt B. on April 22, 2015

In this episode, I discuss my standard operating procedures for managing OCD. Sometimes, these tactics feel useful; other times, I suspect that they’re just compulsions that have hardened into habit. How to tell the difference? And how to respond in the moment?


Hardy, Eliot, and OCD

by Matt B. on April 21, 2015

Sometimes, others just say it better.


OCD, David Foster Wallace, and the Fear of the Fear

April 16, 2015

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

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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