Lena Dunham, NBC News, and Me

So I’ve waited a while to post this NBCnews.com article I was interviewed for, and I’ll tell you why: I have OCD. Hold on, you already knew that. I have OCD, and I’m a proofreader, and there are mistakes in my section of the article! I haven’t been able to let it go. I can’t tell you how many times I returned to it in the first several weeks after it was published, hoping the errors had been fixed. It was almost becoming another obsession. I’m not 36 (I’m 35) and I babysat (not babysit) all through college–but I digress.

I’m glad I was able to share a bit of my story with a fairly broad base of readers, especially since I ended up so comfortable with the woman who interviewed me that I spilled the “secret” that one of my worst obsessions was that I’d inappropriately touch a child. More people need to know that that’s a symptom of OCD; I can’t even describe the toll those obsessions took on me until I knew I had a treatable disorder.

As embarrassing as it can be to talk about these things, spreading awareness wins out for me. And not to be selfish or anything, but talking about it and writing about it is like ERP for me, too.