How I Finally Kicked My O.C.D.

How I Finally Kicked My O.C.D.

It started in seventh grade, when two childhood friends aged out of hanging out with me. Already depressed and on the verge of friendlessness, I was desperate to preserve life as it had been. “Well,” my brain misfired, “Last time you all hung out together, you wore that one pair of Hanes tighty whities. Put those on.” I did. Then I wore them again the next day, and the next, for 30 days straight. Soon, it snowballed into an impossible amount of rituals, all infused with a bizarre sense of causality: “If I do X, Y and Z today, then...

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