As you may or may not know, in the Spring of 2012 I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Since that diagnosis, my life has changed drastically, almost entirely for the better. The problem was that I had been dealing the OCD for years on my own without realizing that it was something I needed help with. I had no idea that the racing, intrusive thoughts, constant feelings of guilt, exhausting mental gymnastics, and continuous crippling anxiety were things other people did not also have to deal with every day. Finally, when things got to a truly scary point, I was lucky enough to have access to the resources I needed to figure out what was going on. Since then, thanks to medication, a strong support network, and a much more thorough understanding of what OCD is, I have learned to live a relatively normal, happy life.
There needs to be much greater awareness of what OCD is in our mainstream culture. If there had been when I was a teenager, I could have avoided years of misery, isolation, fear, and loneliness. So, I'm starting this fundraiser in the hopes that we can make more people aware that OCD is not just an extreme desire fo cleanliness and order; rather, it is a real, debilitating condition with nuances and complications that are all too often oversimplified in the depictions we see in the media.
Any money raised via this campaign goes directly to support the International OCD Foundation, an organization dedicated to driving change through advocacy, education, research, and resources that improve the lives of those living with OCD and related disorders.