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?
Sometimes, others just say it better.
OCD makes me feel afraid of many things. At the deepest level, though, they all have something in common: They’re all thoughts.
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
I’ve collected my first nineteen OCD essays into book form. It’s now available in paperback and Kindle versions.