OCD isn’t about being a neat freak: The myth of a “good” mental disorder needs to end

OCD isn’t about being a neat freak: The myth of a “good” mental disorder needs to end

hen I about 10 years old, I went through a phase where I believed that if I didn't say a specific and complex string of prayers every night, something terrible would happen to my mother — and it would be my fault. Within months, though, I no longer felt that urgency, and I soon forgot I'd ever even had it. I only remembered decades later, when the same thing came for my younger daughter. And what I didn't understand at first was that for her, it wasn't so simply resolved. For my daughter, it started with what she called her "bad thoughts" and her terror that they

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