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“I lose hours of every day to various checking rituals—making sure my bathtub tap isn’t dripping, or my hair straightener is off, or my apartment door is locked,” writes @nerdygirly. Read her full essay about living with OCD here:… 3/5 #Mentalhealth
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“I’m so OCD” has become a joke when, really, the anxiety disorder can be oppressive to live with. Read @nerdygirly’s full article on why OCD is not the harmless quirk it's often thought to be.… 5/5

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