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Saturday, July 30 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Being in High School with OCD

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Everyone says that your high school years are supposed to be the best years of your life, but when you're a teenager with OCD, they can seem like the worst. From doing exposures to fighting compulsions, it can be hard to feel like a “normal” teenager. Three young adults discuss the difficulties they faced in their teenage years, from feeling isolated from their peers to not being able to be fully present in their own lives due to OCD. Part of being a teenager with OCD is accepting that you may not have the stereotypical teenager experience, but also remembering you have the power to make these years into what you, not your OCD, want them to be.


Neil Hemmer

Neil has been suffering with OCD since he was born; his very first episode was from age 5 until around 7th grade. He had an unusual fear of storms and medical OCD in which he checked his body several hundred times a day for signs of death. His first therapy experience was... Read More →

Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went to... Read More →
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Ellen White

Student, Mental Health Blogger
Ellen White is a 17 year old sixth form student from the North East of England. She has had OCD from around the age of 8 and it has mainly revolved around constant repetitive counting and being urged to tap objects for fear of illness and catastrophe happening to her loved ones. Frequent... Read More →

Saturday July 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago B/C, 5th Floor