For many people with OCD, being creative is an outlet to express their feeling about OCD and how it impacts on their daily lives. This poem is one such example.

By Michelle

O - Obsessive, such a 'taboo' word.
C - Compulsive, such a 'mad' word.
D - Disorder, such a 'problem' word.

Put these three words together, its a scary thing to admit to, You hide every compulsion, every stupid little thing you do.
Tapping light switches to get rid of scary thoughts, You try not to do it but your mind chucks out all sorts.
'What if this?' 'What if that?' Filling up your head, You try to ignore it but you obey Mr OCD instead.
You know there's no logic in the things you are thinking, You try and try but you can't get it to sink in.
You may lose your temper or be reduced to tears, But you carry on doing the compulsions to banish your fears.

Poem written by Michelle Howie aged 20.

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