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…

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…

The Diversity of OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) causes sufferers to obsess continuously over their moral character. Intrusive thoughts occur about anything and everything, but it's primarily the dark ideations that become obsessions. Unsurprisingly, the breadth of individual principles yields an extensive diversity of obsessions and an even greater compulsive dimension. However, there are many near-universal standards—don't harm the innocent,…