Behind the Scenes: Infrastructure

Since I haven't published for a few weeks because of moving—and I've cited finishing my setup—I thought it'd be fun to write a two-part series describing what powers HyerOCD. Today, I'll lay out the software and services powering this page and its content. I am not endorsed by, nor obtaining any financial gain from, the…

Origin Stories: Writhing Crawdads

Intrusive thoughts center around morality. As discussed in "What is OCD Really," intrusions range from contaminating oneself to accidentally killing someone to forming incestuous relationships. Many OCD sufferers share similar fears due to widespread commonalities in moral codes (for a discussion on common fears, read "The Diversity of OCD"). Anecdotally and interestingly, obsessional fears begin…

Video Game Portrayals of Mental Health

Welcome to our new series: Media Spotlights! This series will highlight and analyze any form of media or art relating to mental health. Of course, that's a broad category and holds a wealth of meaningful content. Most anyone who knows me is well aware of my love for video games. Let's begin this series by…

Two Laptops and Fourteen Hours

Two monitors, two laptops, a mouse, keyboard, and six-pack sprawl before as moonlight filters through large windows behind me. It's three in the morning, and I am starving. I am a stickler for reusing electronics. To make a long argument very, very short: computers don't "slow down," software "gets fatter." If you re-purpose a machine…

A Dangerous Word: “Neurotypical”

Last Sunday, I came across a Tweet telling "neurotypical" people to screw off. After some Twitter-based research, I realized that the term has become a derogatory referent. As the name implies, "neurotypical" means people without known mental health disorders—the word appears to include both chronic and acute disorders, but with a bias towards chronic disorders.…

Classically Operant Conditioning: How Compulsions Form

An involuntary thought of a sexual act with a coworker constantly repeats in your head, and you begin to rapidly recite poetry. The thought of a disease crawling across packaged meat causes you to wear gloves at the grocery store. Imagery of charred family members results in fire extinguishers in every room of the house.…

From 0 to 100: COVID Obsessions in Eight Hours

Monday's article was supposed to be about how compulsions form. I'm still writing that article—and I'm really happy with how its coming along—but I need to write about what happened to me today (so welcome to a single edit article written at 0130). I started "OCDVID-19: Of Suicide and Self-Harm" with the line "I have…