Ocd Quotes

Quotes tagged as "ocd" (showing 1-30 of 72)
Shannon L. Alder
“Sensitive people usually love deeply and hate deeply. They don't know any other way to live than by extremes because thier emotional theromastat is broken.”
Shannon L. Alder

Emilie Autumn
“I do not have OCD OCD OCD.”
Emilie Autumn

Shannon L. Alder
“My father taught me that you can you read a hundred books on wisdom and write a hundred books on wisdom, but unless you apply what you learned then its only words on a page. Life is not lived with intentions, but action.”
Shannon L. Alder

William Paul Young
“It (trying to keep the law) grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in its more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainly out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse. ”
William Paul Young, The Shack

Neil Hilborn
“The first time I saw her,
Everything in my head went quiet.”
Neil Hilborn

Stephen King
“I have seen many cases like N. during the five years I've been in practice. I sometimes picture these unfortunates as men and women being pecked to death by predatory birds. The birds are invisible - at least until a psychiatrist who is good, or lucky, or both, sprays them with his version of Luminol and shines the right light on them - but they are nevertheless very real. The wonder is that so many OCDs manage to live productive lives, just the same. They work, they eat (often not enough or too much, it's true), they go to movies, they make love to their girlfriends and boyfriends, their wives and husbands . . . and all the time those birds are there, clinging to them and pecking away little bits of flesh.”
Stephen King, Just After Sunset

Colleen McCarty
“I'm tired of being inside my head. I want to live out here, with you.”
Colleen McCarty, Mounting the Whale

Jeff Bell
“Pretty hard to see when you refuse to look. Pretty hard to hear when you refuse to listen.”
Jeff Bell

Audrey Niffenegger
“Martin said, "It feels as though part of my self has detached and gone to Amsterdam, where it—she—is waiting for me. Do you know about phantom-limb syndrome?" Julia nodded. "There's pain where she ought to be. It's feeding the other pain, the thing that makes me wash and count and all that. So her absence is stopping me from going to find her. Do you see?”
Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry

Corey Ann Haydu
“I guess I wonder what it would be like, to be living their live instead of mine.”
Corey Ann Haydu, OCD Love Story

“Kessa began to cut her meat into tiny pieces. As a whole it was unmanageable, frightening; but divided and arranged, the meat could be controlled. She cut four pieces. She'd count to four between each bite.”
Steven Levenkron, The Best Little Girl in the World

Molly Harper
“Leaving knots untied and scattering seeds to distract them will only work on vampires with OCD.”
Molly Harper, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

Andrea Kayne Kaufman
“Gloria watched the swollen white orb of a hot-air balloon rising over Navy Pier and knew she had to break it off with Oliver, for he was the type who would never enjoy hot-air balloons, Van Morrison songs, or mess, whether from orgasm or otherwise. But who was she to be dreaming about mess today?”
Andrea Kayne Kaufman, Oxford Messed Up

“People who live with OCD drag a metal sea anchor around. Obsession is a break, a source of drag, not a badge of creativity, a mark of genius or an inconvenient side effect of some greater function.”
David Adam, The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

Shannon L. Alder
“You can't compare men or women with mental disorders to the normal expectations of men and women in without mental orders. Your dealing with symptoms and until you understand that you will always try to find sane explanations among insane behaviors. You will always have unreachable standards and disappointments. If you want to survive in a marriage to someone that has a disorder you have to judge their actions from a place of realistic expectations in regards to that person's upbringing and diagnosis.”
Shannon L. Alder

Andrea Kayne Kaufman
“The talked about their messed-up, dysfunctional families, carefully respecting boundaries, never probing too deep in any one sitting. And they always ended up laughing. Even when the subject matter was intense or macabre, Henry’s sick and twisted and often politically incorrect sense of humor was infectious…Gloria laughed more in these first weeks at Oxford then she remembered laughing almost anywhere.”
Andrea Kayne Kaufman, Oxford Messed Up

Cammie McGovern
“He had no idea how wonderful he was. How his hands were so beautiful she could hardly look at them. How his truest smile was crooked and lifted higher on the left side than the right, which made her feel like he might understand her better, her hemiplegic face that was all crooked half smiles, too. But it couldn't be denied. He was also slightly crazy. Maybe more than slightly.”
Cammie McGovern, Say What You Will
tags: ocd

John Green
“Thoughts are only thoughts. They are not you. You do belong to yourself, even when your thoughts don't.”
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Andrea Kayne Kaufman
“But the most important part of her ritual was cleaning the toilet. In order to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, it had to be done with absolute thoroughness and precision. Cleaning the toilet was a test of her competence and loyalty to Oliver, her god, and the precept of staying in control.”
Andrea Kayne Kaufman, Oxford Messed Up

Victoria Kahler
“When everything was laid out before her, she felt safe, loved even. She was always trying to be more organized than she was. She knew it was weird and blamed her mother, with the lists and
notes she’d leave whenever she and Dad went out of town. The labeled dinners in the freezer and the 20 emergency numbers on the phone showed she cared, even when absent, she cared.”
Victoria Kahler, Their Friend Scarlet

Viktor E. Frankl
“By [anticipatory anxiety] I mean that the patient reacts to an event with a fearful expectation of its recurrence. However, fear tends to make happen precisely that which one fears, and so does anticipatory anxiety. Thus a vicious circle is established. A symptom evokes a phobia and the phobia provokes the symptom. The recurrence of the symptom then reinforces the phobia. The patient is caught in a cocoon. […] [Obsessive-compulsives] fear the potential effects or the potential cause of the strange thoughts. The phobic pattern of flight from fear is paralleled by the obsessive-compulsive pattern. Obsessive-compulsive neurotics also display fear. But theirs is not 'fear of fear' but rather fear of themselves, and their response is to fight against obsessions and compulsions. But the more the patients fight, the stronger their symptoms become. In other words, alongside the circle formation built up by anticipatory anxiety in phobic cases, there is another feedback mechanism which we encounter in the obsessive-compulsive neurotic. Pressure induces counter-pressure, and counter-pressure, in turn, increases pressure. If one succeeds in making the patient stop fighting his obsessions and compulsions -- and this may well be accomplished by paradoxical intention -- these symptoms soon diminish and finally atrophy.”
Viktor E. Frankl, The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy
tags: ocd, phobia

Abhijit Naskar
“People with OCD including myself, realize that their seemingly uncontrollable behavior is irrational, but they feel unable to stop it.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

John Green
“If I'd been the author, I would've stopped thinking about my microbiome. I would've told Daisy how much I liked her idea for Mychal's art project, and I would've told her that I did remember Davis Pickett, that I remembered being eleven and carrying a vague but constant fear. I would've told her that I remembered once at camp lying next to Davis on the edge of a dock, our legs dangling over, our backs against the rough-hewn planks of wood, staring together up at a cloudless summer sky. I wouldv'e told her that Davis and I never talked much, or even looked at each other, but it didn't mater, because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe more intimate than eye contact anyway. Anybody can look at you. It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Patrick Ness
“You're helpless to the behaviour but the effort involved is just unbelievable.”
Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here

John Green
“Illness is a story told in the past tense.”
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Abhijit Naskar
“Often during writing, I am compelled by OCD to delete and rewrite a word or sentence over and over again.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“Parce qu'il y a certaines habitudes qui deviennent vitales. Aussi futiles soient elles, elles deviennent des points de repères, des choses sur lesquelles on se base pour avancer. Faire sonner trois fois son réveil le matin avant de se lever. Avoir une marque de café favorite. Être assis toujours à la même place à table. Lacer sa chaussure gauche avant la droite. Des gestes qui se transforment en rituels et si ça foire un jour plus rien ne va et on se sent perdu.”
Camille L., Dégradation
tags: ocd

Abhijit Naskar
“When I am fully immersed in my work of nourishing humanity, it fills my head with all kinds of feel-good chemicals, such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Problems occur during the brief intervals between the finishing of one work and the beginning of another. During these intervals, my biology starts to get filled with stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin, that worsens my OCD. That is why, I can’t sit still even a day after I finish writing a book. Because if I do, my OCD begins to suffocate me inside my head. Hence, as soon as I deliver a work, I have to start working on my next scientific literature.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

Calvin W. Allison
“(In response to a picture critic.)

I'm actually a very joyful person. But being a genius with a photographic memory mixed with a strong case of OCD makes for a difficult picture sometimes.”
Calvin W. Allison
tags: genius, ocd

John Green
“I couldn’t escape the spiral of my thoughts, and I felt like they were coming from the outside.”
John Green

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