Hey there, I’m Chelsea! I am 23 years old and will be going into my second year of my Master’s program. I suffer from severe OCD and Tourette Syndrome (along with the other illnesses included with the Deluxe OCD package such as Depression and Anxiety). It has changed my life completely. It is something that I constantly have to fight and overcome. It started to appear when I was eight years old and I traveled all over the United States to receive help. I was introduced to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) and Exposure Response Therapy (ERP) when I went to UPENN The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. I worked with 2 doctors every day for about a month. My parents and I lived in a hotel room and made the best of it. Eventually, they said I would need more advanced help. So, in 2010 I then went to Rogers Memorial Hospital located in Wisconsin. It is a residential hospital for mental illness. I was in a specific unit full of other teenagers struggling with OCD. After three months of living there and working on facing my OCD, I was “cured”. For four years I was free from OCD. I graduated high school and went off to college to study Psychology. My dream has been to become a Clinical Psychologist that specializes in OCD and Anxiety Disorders. My OCD crept back in during my Freshman year of College. In all honesty, there were signs of it I hadn’t noticed. This OCD was new. It morphed into something unexpected. It tricked me into thinking I was dizzy. Tricked me into being bedridden. I took a medical leave my from College my sophomore year and realized that what we had thought was Postural Orthostatic Hypertension (POTS) was mainly my OCD. I tried fighting it on my own but this was new territory. I gained over 40 pounds in a matter of months causing disordered eating. Rogers Memorial Hospital admitted me for a second time. The first step was admission into the Eating Disorder Center and then into the Adult OCD Center Cedar Ridge. It was the hardest fight I would ever face, but the experience was so positive. The people I met, the support system there, and the beautiful environment made this time a fond memory and a place I go back to in my mind when I need comfort. I still face OCD and Anxiety on a daily basis, but each month I’m getting better. Each semester at school I’m more successful. I’ve started my first year in my Masters program. Something I could never even dream of. School has always been my biggest trigger. The fact that I’ve gotten so far is a miracle, and I’m so thankful for the life I’ve been given. I will continue to fight for the life I have always dreamed of and hopefully help anyone reading this blog! So of course, I’d love it if you guys came along on this journey with me!
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