Train platform anxiety

Even at rush hour, the train platform can be a very lonely place. Despite this, many of us share the same intrusive thoughts on our daily commute. Thoughts involving pushing someone in front of a train, or jumping ourselves, are very common. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the anxiety. In 1992, a survey (1) […]

Eternity and Infinity OCD

This is the kind of phobia that feels inescapable. Fear of crocodiles? Don’t go near a crocodile. Fear of loud noises? Wear earplugs. Fear of eternity? Well, that one’s here to stay. There were months when I wouldn’t talk about this out of pure fear. But I type this at a time when these thoughts […]

Existential and Depersonalization OCD

I remember the exact moment this worry began. I was 16 years old, burning a fire with friends under a clear night sky. I gazed up at the stars and this fear hit me out of nowhere. I felt like nothing. Trapped inside the universe, hurtling through the vastness of space not knowing where we […]

Scrupulosity and Religious OCD

OCD to religion is like fuel to a fire. It makes my anxiety so much more intense. For me, it’s been some of the most terrifying forms of OCD I have had. It feels like there is so much more at stake. It hit me when I was 16 I was having all sorts of thoughts. […]