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This is Lindsay, and she’s such a mess! She’s in deep deep trouble, and she needs to concentrate in order to tell you what she has to tell. And she’s not even at her worst now! Hold on – first she should probably tell you what her problem is. Well, she has obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. There, she’s said it. And she feels pretty ashamed about it, thank God this is anonymous!

Ok, well, time to concentrate. Lindsay is 15, and she’s on the path to happiness – and happiness for her is when her thoughts leave her. Right, she still hasn’t told you what OCD is. Sorry for that. She’ll tell you what it’s about, and then give you some examples, ok? So, it’s actually when you have certain thoughts all the time that don’t leave you, and you’re afraid that you can make something horrible happen to you. And you become so ashamed of yourself that you try to prevent these things from happening by doing other things, even if you don’t want to do them…It sounds pointless, but she did tell you she’s a mess.

Lindsay is adopted. She doesn’t like to recall that time before she was adopted, but it might help you to understand things better. The point is that Lindsay’s biological father was in jail and her biological mother didn’t take care of her at all. She was only five at the time, and the problem is that she can remember everything that happened! She’s heard that some people just forget traumatic things that happen to them, but that’s definitely true in her case. Her memories have been stalking her for years! But luckily she was adopted soon after, and she adores her foster parents. To her, they’re her real mom and dad.

So, they took her home and everything was finally ok. They took her to a psychologist to help overcome her past trauma, and eventually they concluded that she was finally over it. Well, yes, she was over it, more or less. However when she was around seven years old, Lindsay started having THAT THING. What thing? Well, don’t laugh, but it went like this. For example, she might be just sitting calmly in her room and then suddenly feel that she absolutely needs to go and check if she has closed the door to the bathroom. Well, who cares if it’s closed? What’s the difference, you might ask? But still she gets up and goes there to check. It turns out that it’s closed. She goes back to her bedroom. She sits down and thinks: “But I haven’t checked if it’s closed tight”. So she gets up and goes to check again. It’s closed tight. She sit downs again and thinks: “Am I really sure I’ve closed it well?” And so on and on it goes, at least five or six times.

Lindsay knows it’s stupid! But she really feels that if she doesn’t do it, something horrible will happen. She just can’t control herself. And that was just when she was seven. Since then she’s gone much much further down this path. The strange ideas have multiplied in her head – she now has to check and recheck that she’s put everything in its proper place; that everything is in order; all the plates in the kitchen are arranged by colors and all of her shoes in the closet are perfectly aligned. She spends a lot of time each day carrying out strange rituals to make sure everything is fine, but the things she has to check increase in number all the time. And what’s worse is that she’s suddenly started feeling guilty. She’d already realized that she wasn’t normal, and because she was adopted she felt bad that her wonderful parents ended up with a freak like her. So never wanted to tell them that she had problems, to avoid them being disappointed with her.

As Lindsay grew up, she had lots of other obsessive thoughts. She wanted to be a perfect daughter for her parents, and she was constantly afraid that she would embarrass them somehow. When she was with them in public, she was terrified that at some point she would start shouting obscenities. Why would she do that, you ask? Well, why wouldn’t she? This can happen to anyone, that was the thought she had, and she was constantly afraid it would be her. She started thinking about it over and over. She tried not to think about it, but it’s like not thinking about a polar bear – you literally can’t think about anything else when the thought is put in your head. She experienced other irrational fears in addition to that – for example, that she might cut her mom’s new dress into pieces. That she might spill coffee all over her dad’s laptop. And many, many more. She couldn’t study or do anything else – she thought about these things literally all the time.

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This is Denise. We all like shopping, right? You know – those moments when you feel down and say to yourself: “Why don’t I just go to the mall and buy everything I want?” And then you come home with numerous bags containing things you actually don’t need, but you have a strange feeling of relief? Well, Denise can tell you that sometimes this seemingly innocent habit can become obsessive, and even dangerous.

She was in high school when her life suddenly turned into hell. Everything was going perfect – a loving family, nice friends, a wonderful boyfriend. When everything is going fine, at some point you start suspecting that it can’t last forever. And indeed, during her sophomore year, things started crumbling. Her parents had a huge argument and didn’t talk to each other. She even heard some conversations about a divorce. Denise became nervous because of these family problems, and couldn’t concentrate on her studies. Her grades went down.

Unfortunately, for the first time in her life, Denise had a nervous breakdown, and had no idea how to handle it. The worst thing was that she had no one to confide in – her parents had their own problems to deal with, and she had neither a best friend nor a boyfriend anymore. She didn’t want to bother people who weren’t very close to her, and she didn’t want to get too personal with them either. She had only one choice left to her – to deal with her problems on her own. Denise found her very own way to decrease her stress levels, which was…shopping!

She remembers once how her parents had a particularly heated argument, and she escaped from the house just to be on her own in silence for a while. “Where can I go?” she thought. Of course, the mall! Lots of people, crowded shops, food court. A perfect place to hide from your thoughts. It would also be nice to buy herself a couple of new outfits as a distraction from her depressed mood. So that’s what she did, and she really did forget about her problems completely while she was trying on new jeans and choosing herself a new handbag.

She had some money saved, and she had the opportunity to go shopping at least once a week. She was quickly becoming an addict – at some point she began to want to buy more things, more often. She was doing it not because she needed anything, but because she wanted those positive emotions she felt when shopping. After a couple of months, Denise realized that she was quickly running out of money, as well as space in her room to keep all the things she was buying. But it didn’t bother her at all! So, she could dedicate herself to her “hobby” completely.

Actually, storage space objectively wasn’t a big problem – she didn’t even wear what she bought, so she just stored new things wherever she could. Money was a bigger problem – she spent all the money she had, and the weekly allowance from her parents wasn’t enough. She came up with an ingenious solution – she started taking cash straight from her mom’s bag. She certainly wasn’t proud of herself, but she convinced herself that it was not stealing and that her mom wouldn’t mind anyway. Of course, it was stealing and now she feels ashamed about it! But at that moment she couldn’t help it – she so needed money for her addiction.

But then one day she decided that she needed to GO BIG. She took her dad’s credit card. What was she thinking?! Her idea was that if she spent just a little bit he wouldn’t notice. But unfortunately she didn’t manage to moderate her desires. She spent a huge sum of money, around 500 bucks, and returned the card to his wallet all scared and trembling about what he would do to her when he found out. But a day passed, then three, then five, and he seemed to have not noticed a thing. And she was dying to make another raid around the shops, so she thought, why don’t I do it just one more time?

That time she just couldn’t stop, she spent and spent and spent without even trying anything on, just buying whatever she could see. Until at some point she heard that phrase that everyone dreads: “Sorry, your card was declined”. Obviously, that was the signal to stop shopping. Of course, she became worried, because why on earth would a credit card be blocked? She got her answer at home when she was greeted by her dad, who was absolutely furious. He had been called by the bank and told that there had been numerous suspicious purchases on his card, and then he noticed that his credit card was missing. Denise decided not to invent any stories, and just told him the truth.

Well, at that point her mom and dad finally united to punish her, and it was the turning point when they finally made peace. She got the attention she longed for, and after that particular shock, she didn’t even feel the urge to go shopping anymore. Now she’s obsessed with keeping fit. Well…At least it doesn’t cost money!

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