When Obsessive Thoughts Take Control Of Your Life

April 23, 2017

Ethan Smith has had OCD for as long as he can remember. At first, the obsessive thoughts were relatively benign—limited to minor behaviors like tapping his pencil a certain number of times or repeatedly taking his temperature—but as he grew older, OCD began to take over his life, leaving him with a crippling fear of hurting himself. After years of unsuccessful therapy and multiple misdiagnoses, his parents and counselors made a painful decision, one he credits with saving his life.


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