Part III: Literally and Figuratively Living Under a Cloud
Part II: “I’m so OCD”
Most of you are probably familiar with the OCD stereotypes; neat freak, clean freak, an inevitable discomfort felt in the presence of a crooked picture or a messy room. While these characteristics resonate with many individuals who are diagnosed with OCD (and most definitely for myself), I can tell you that the disorder is much more complex and debilitating than what the stereotypes surrounding it insinuate.
Part I: Stomach Pains & Patterned Pant Suits
Only anxious people understand what it’s like to feel the angst when anxiety attacks. Being told to “calm down” is annoying. Meeting people is not fun. A delay in someone accepting your Facebook friendship means they don’t like you.
This is a long story about my long struggle with depression, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic diroders. If you want to skip to my advice scroll down to the bottom. It is not easy writing about something so personal, not to mention taboo in our society. But, having come out the other end of depression 4, yes 4 times, I feel it is my duty to now help other people do the same.
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing a few of the guys from the band, Down with Webster. They're from Toronto and have been together since 1998!