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Others Like Me : By Herman S – Grace Community Center

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has played a major role in my life, especially since
I was a teenager. It was at that time that it came into fruition to the point where I
could no longer function normally. At that time, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was
totally unknown even in the psychiatric community. I therefore had to get through
trials and tribulations, including shock treatments that wouldn’t have been necessary if
my condition would have been accurately diagnosed. It was not until March of 1987
that I discovered on my own what had plagued me all those very many years. This
was because I watched a broadcast about OCD on 20/20. My self diagnosis was later
confirmed at Stanford. I participated in a double blind study and, for the first time in my
life got to know other people who, like me, also suffered from Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder. Until that time, I thought I was the only one who suffered from this malady.
Even after knowing this, my trials and tribulations with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
didn’t end, but at least from then onward I knew how to deal with it and plan my life
accordingly.

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