A teenager's frank account of his battle with OCD. Read More
Ben, that was a wonderful article and I am very happy that you have felt so much relief. I have a friend with OCD who has never faced it the way you have, and at 52 he's lost a lot of time to it.
You done good! :-) This should give a lot of hope to many people who are suffering, and their families. Remember this and feel proud for speaking out. A big hug to you!!
Ben, I found your story very encouraging. One of my family members has been struggling with OCD for about 10 years. They will be seeing a new therapist this week who specializes in the treatment of OCD. We are very hopeful that there'll quickly be good results. Is wonderful to see how quickly you had seen results. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
Ben, you have truly triumphed over this horrible disease and for that you are to be congratulated. That you can write so eloquently about your struggle is also commendable.
It is worth noting, though, that so many people who suffer with OCD do not have access to the best treatment. Though CBT is the gold standard, very few therapists are trained to do it and even fewer do it well. Insurance companies will pay for traditional "talk" psychotherapy but finding a true OCD therapist (as opposed to one who merely says they can treat the disease) who accepts insurance is like finding a needle in a haystack.
I hope that someday everyone is afforded the same treatment that gave you your life back.
By sharing your story, Ben, you have surely given hope to other OCD sufferers. My son was so debilitated by severe OCD he could not even eat, and exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy saved his life. We need to keep spreading the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. I wish you all the best!
Benjamin you will never know how many other people you have given hope to who suffer with OCD. Therapies and medications keep getting better and better for treatment. And neuroscience is learning more and more about the brain and how treatments for OCD can be made more effective. Congratulations on being brave and sharing your story! I wish you the best.
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