Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can debilitate one’s life. Its symptoms include exhibition of compulsive behavior, constant agitation, unnecessary repetition of same task and tendency to be isolated even in social settings. While the disorder proves to be a disturbing factor in the lives of many, there are some who have expressed their tumultuous feelings and ordeal in their writings. The words that flow out of those authors’ pens reveal the pain and anxiety that OCD patients struggle with each day, while the characters they carve out in their fictions behave just the way they feel and conduct themselves.
Author John Green recently explained how his OCD problems get reflected in the behavior of the protagonists. Green’s much-acclaimed novels — Turtles All the Way Down (his latest creation), The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska — contain characters based against a fictional background, but acting and carrying themselves similar to people with OCD. While Green manages to keep his readers captivated by narrating stories of romance, thrill and adventure mostly of teenagers, his difficulty in coming out with new stories fearing that they will not do much good as his early pieces showcases the kind of insecurity, which OCD patients mostly face.
Portraying his behavior through characters
A glimpse into Green’s characters and the kinds of lives they live unfold how they find themselves continuing to think thoughts they do not wish to deliberate upon, while also faced with the inability to choose from what they think for prolonged periods. This tendency to contemplate on thoughts that the character wishes to get rid of can be really frustrating to overall mental health. Besides, it is not the obsessive thought spirals or the compulsive behavior that the characters use to manage themselves, but the intent to do away with those thoughts fearing that they would destabilize their lives in the long run.
Explaining how he manages to bring his characters to life, Green describes that he fuses a story with a blend of irrational behavior that OCD patients are, at times, subject to. Addressing critics who argue that the author does not correctly depict the seriousness of certain mental illnesses, Green says that he is careful not to romanticize topics like suicidal ideation or suicide or emotional disorders like OCD. “I do think we stigmatize mental illness a lot in our culture … we don’t devote nearly enough resources to its treatment so people who can’t afford or access high-quality mental healthcare are doubly disadvantaged. I also think that we at times romanticize mental illness,” Green explained.
Emphasizing the impact of OCD on his life, Green stresses, “There have been periods when this has been a disabling part of my life and there have been periods when this has been a pretty small part of my life. Turtles All the Way Down is intended to show how most people with chronic mental illnesses also live long, fulfilling lives.”
Necessitating urge to seek help
Mental illnesses are treatable, provided that one seeks timely help. The darkness that engulfs psychiatrically distorted people disables them to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Fear of stigma and discrimination refrains them from looking for necessary expert advice or sharing their pain and struggles with their loved ones. Mental illness is not a moral issue, and hence those suffering from it must be treated with utmost empathy.
Experts at Sovereign Health help stressed patients get rid of the recurring strain and trauma they go through, while also enabling them to understand the root causes of their disorders. Recurring stress can result in grievous mental health issues, including suicidal ideation. Clinicians at our OCD treatment centers in California recommend a combination of effective remedial therapies, along with medicines, during the treatment process. To know more about our treatment centers for OCD in California, call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with one of our representatives.