The stigma around mental illness is real, and for a long time I fell into it, refusing to go into depth about my own battles. That is no longer the case. Everyone is affected one way or another, and I believe we are doing ourselves a grave disservice by hiding our struggles, especially when it can be so hard (as it was for me) to find understanding and answers in a world where many would rather pretend things are OK and suffer in secret than deal with the ramifications of the stigma. This is a video I made detailing what it was like for me during my toughest battles with OCD. I am happy to announce that with years of therapy, the right medication, and an active meditation life, my symptoms have lessened by roughly 80% since this was made. I do want to mention that I go into some dark territory, so please take that into consideration before watching.