PURE OCD: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Pure O: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder follows Chrissie Hodges, a typical eight year old whose life changed drastically with the onset of symptoms from Pure OCD.

Overwhelmed with confusion about her obsessions, Chrissie developed a delusion that God was punishing her with bad thoughts and behaviors because she had done something sinful.

Outwardly, Chrissie was an image of perfection. She was smart, popular, athletic, and devoutly religious. On the inside, she was riddled with fear of offending God, terrified of the tortuous fear of vomiting and sexual obsessions, and consumed with mental rituals she kept hidden from the world. The shame of believing she let God down and the terrifying content of her obsessions kept her from telling anyone what she was experiencing for 12 years.

At age 20, unable to maintain the fa├žade of a normal life under the weight of a deep depression, Chrissie attempted suicide. Barely escaping death, Chrissie found the strength and hope to choose life over death. Her journey surviving a self-inflicted wound, treatment in a psychiatric hospital, and working toward recovery with Pure OCD was almost as difficult as the 12 years combined in the silence of the disorder.

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3 Responses to PURE OCD: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  1. Anonymous says:

    IF YOU HAVE PURE O READ THIS So incredibly relevant. I never thought I would find a memoir (a whole book!!) on HOCD, something I suffered for years in such great and accurate detail. If you are suffering with what Chrissy describes (Pure O), please please tell someone. You don’t even need to disclose the thoughts, just make sure you get a good therapist or allow those close to you to do research. You’re not crazy, you’re not alone. Every sentence was so painfully familiar, but she writes in such a way that it is easy and…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent! As a OCD sufferer I have never read such a clear and concise account of what it is like to have OCD. Anyone who reads this will be able to empathize with the uncontrollable nature that OCD has on the sufferer.Pure O is a hidden illness, one that the sufferer is acutely aware of at every moment, while others would never guess the horribleness of the never ending loop that OCD intrusive thoughts berate the sufferer under. This book gives homage and understanding to the sufferer, and…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Solace in Solidarity Dealing with mental illness has been a huge struggle in my life. I have had difficulty with intrusive thoughts for over a decade now. It is exhausting…I stopped looking for understanding or empathy from friends and family because most people just think I am sad about something simple. I can even feel that some of them think I am just being weak. They might say something like, “Oh, I have that too,” and dismiss it. I don’t blame them, because I totally get why they think…

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