Starting this month, each month we intend to publish a different OCD success story. Today we start with James story, from a fear of stabbing loved ones to fear of throwing himself off bridges, in his own words James explains how therapy helped him overcome his OCD.
By James Poultney
My troubles with OCD began from when I was around ten years old. I began to experience obsessions and compulsions; I felt that if I did not shut the window twelve times or turn the lights on and off, then something terrible would happen. I couldn't figure out exactly what would happen, but a feeling of dread overcame me if I held off the urge.
I remember vividly at the time members of my family saying “Oh, James is doing his OCD thing again”. Little did we all know that it would develop into a more sinister and over-bearing mental illness. I coped with my anxiety and OCD the best way I could throughout my teens. I had no idea what OCD was and didn't really believe that I had it. I felt alone and thought that I was the only person in the world who had these 'silly quirks'.