Coming to Terms With Mental Illness

Recovery can be one of those watershed moments for those with OCD. Fletcher Wortmann — one of the speakers on this year’s new Young Adult track at next month’s OCD Conference — recently wrote a great blog talking about this feeling:

I was born in 2007, at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.  And it’s the darndest thing — I was 20 years old when it happened…. I’m talking nonsense, but honestly, there are moments when it feels like I was a different person before my OCD diagnosis and treatment in 2007.  As a child and teenager, the OCD permeated every aspect of my life: every birthday and Christmas and graduation, every conversation, every kiss and argument and laugh.  Every decision I made, every thought that passed through my head, was tainted by it.  I can’t remember a period of time longer than a week when OCD did not find some way to hurt me.

Check out the rest of Fletcher’s post on Psychology Today here, and click here to see all the talks that Fletcher will be participating in at the 20th Annual OCD Conference in Atlanta next month.

 

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