I have had symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder my entire life, but it wasn't until age 13 I was officially diagnosed with OCD and multiple other anxiety disorders. As I grew older my OCD became more severe, to the point I was completing a compulsion and having obsessive thoughts eight hours and up out of my day. Over the past year I have been In treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Tampa, Florida for 14 weeks. Because of Rogers and the work I did there, I was able to get my life back and want to support and raise awareness for this mental illness.
1/200 children in the U.S. suffer from OCD, sadly 80% of children with mental illness are not receiving treatment. Despite the stigma behind mental illness, OCD is not just a quirk, it is a seriously illness that ranks 10th in the top 20 of the most debilitating disabilities.
For the longest time I lived in silence trying to hide what I was thinking, and that caused my OCD to gain strength. By sharing my story and bringing the community together to walk and support OCD, I hope we can bring some peace into a child’s life and help them learn that they are not alone.