Video on What It's Like Living with OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder, characterized by intrusive thoughts, regarding obsessions and compulsions. This thoughts are often recognized by the sufferer as being excessive or unreasonable. In a simple way to explain, the obsessions are the worries that OCD sufferers have and the compulsion are the activities they do to relieve this worries. Rachel McCarthy James was our guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, she talked about her experience with OCD.

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About Rachel McCarthy James Guest on the Living with OCD Video

Rachel McCarthy James - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Rachel McCarthy James, also known as RMJ is a recent college graduate, currently living in Virginia. Rachel remembers facing her first  obsessive-compulsive symptoms when she was 12 to 16 with what she calls " a new manifestation of trichotillomania" (pulling out hair), as she began pulling her eyebrow, till she has lost almost half of it.

Rachel has had different obsessions and obsessive thoughts since then, but after therapy she has learned to recognize OCD thoughts and refrain to act on compulsions; To calm herself.

You can read Rachel's blog: Deeply Problematic here.

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Gluck, S. (2010, October 7). Video on What It's Like Living with OCD, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

Last Updated: April 23, 2016

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