OCD & a Career? You Bet.

Yesterday, I got this question from a blog reader:

Do you think people with OCD can have a successful career? Do you know people who have OCD but also got a great career? Thank you very much Jackie. You’re the best 🙂

careerHello dear, thanks for the question and compliment!

In a nutshell: yes, absolutely!

I am actually enjoying two careers right now: I recruit for a university and write novels. This is such a dream for me because I love-love-love getting to work with high school and college students who are so passionate and in such a wild time of life and transition. And, of course, writing is my calling. I am so grateful to be able to write for a publisher I deeply respect.

In addition:

My friend A is an author and editor.

My friends C and E are therapists.

My friend L is a teacher.

Do we have days where OCD flares up and makes things difficult? Absolutely. But everyone I have mentioned has taken their OCD diagnosis seriously and pursued treatment, which has allowed each of us to continue to thrive in our careers. 

 

#OCDWeek

ocd awareness week

Hey, everyone! It’s International OCD Awareness Week 2015! With that in mind, I just want to write a few words:

OCD is a debilitating anxiety disorder. There’s nothing funny about it.

OCD is treatable. The frontline treatment is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy.

I suffered for 15 years before being diagnosed and another 5 before undergoing proper treatment. Just 12 weeks of ERP broke my 20-year bondage.

To God by the glory!