OCD AND THE PERMISSION TO LIVE
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 32 of "Julius Cesear")
Okay, perhaps Shakespeares line doesnt quite apply. After all, people surviving a life with OCD are often some of the bravest you could ever meet. But The Bard has an important message for those of us with OCD. The sometimes overwhelming fear that OCD fosters in us causes us to pull back from life and aliveness. While most of us would say that our obsessions revolve around illness, death, or some calamity, in some ways it would seem the real fear or at least what our fear causes us to hold back from is LIVING!
A little background is in order. Since the mid-1990s I have continued an ongoing, (and obsessively:-) complete review of ... READ MORE