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OCD Is No Longer in Charge: One Kid’s Story

A teenager's frank account of his battle with OCD. Read More

Ben, that was a wonderful

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, thanks for sharing your success

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.

Great Job, Ben. Now Let's Help Other Kids

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.

Uplifting Story

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!

Sharing Your Story

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.

It's an incredible and

It's an incredible and beautiful thing that someone could overcome such a condition. You really are an inspiration to children suffering from OCD. The thing that aggravates me is when people make light of OCD. When people say "Oh that's making my OCD crazy!" when a pen isn't strait or something along those lines, it frustrates me to know that they're are actual people who actually have incredible difficulty with conditions like these.

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