Beyond trivialization and misunderstanding, the realities of people experiencing OCD
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects millions of people worldwide and looms large in popular culture, for instance when people quip about being “so OCD.” However, this sometimes has little relation to the actual experiences of people diagnosed with the disorder.
I wrote the book The World of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to tackle these misperceptions. People with the disorder shared their experiences with me in hopes that the public may better understand OCD. I interviewed over 50 people who felt they had the disorder at some point, plus a few family members and healthcare professionals. I analyzed websites and online forums, and carried out a survey of people's perceptions of different forms of OCD.
Below you can learn more about some of the people in the book.
In a special issue of Lateral, Mick and I creatively explore how OCD affected him during the pandemic through a sculpture and poem.