Hello, dear visitor –
my name is Frank, and I have been having obsessive-compulsive disorder for a long time now. It has had serious consequences for my life, in terms of relationships, studies and occupational matters. Still, I find it very worthwhile to explain features of the illness to others; and since I pursued neuroscience in the final stages of my academic efforts, I think I can contribute to a better understanding of this peculiar affliction.
Perhaps the most important idea here is that people who are living an isolated life because of their OCD, may find the courage for their personal ‘coming out’. The next step then would be to visit a professional, and to find the most fitting type of treatment to make OCD bearable. Patients are known to wait a very long time before taking these measures, because they are ashamed of their condition. That is very understandable. On the other hand: the earlier proper help is given, the more the personal and social damage resulting from the disorder can be limited.
I would be very grateful if my texts here would contribute a bit to a broader understanding of OCD, in patients as well as those near to them. Not for nothing I subtitled the blog: “invisible and underdiagnosed”.
Finally: your contributions are most welcome, in the form of replies. If you find any fault or imperfection in my posts, please do not hesitate to post something here.
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