Diagnosis vs. Internalization

Recently I was getting some medical paperwork together in preparation to go to see a new gynecologist (I have endometriosis in addition to obsessive compulsive disorder). One paper from the office of the doctor who performed my laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis listed various diagnoses for me. There, listed among their diagnoses were not only endometriosis but fatigue,…

Accepting OCD

Mental illnesses are invariably tricky. With many physical illnesses or diseases, the symptoms are fairly cut and dry—or there are scientific, diagnostic tests that prove you do or don’t have a given condition. But a mental illness, well, that’s another story. Because mental illnesses are linked with our thoughts and feelings, we tend to wallow…