John Green is often recognized as the author of popular young adult literary works such as “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Paper Towns,” which have both received film adaptations. He is also known as a contributor to Vlogbrothers, a YouTube channel that produces random, insightful, and entertaining videos to a following of over three million Youtubers.
Although Green uses a light and humorous tone in many of his videos, he uploaded a more serious one two days ago with “What OCD Is Like (For Me).”
In his incredibly vulnerable video, Green goes in depth about his own experience struggling with OCD, describing “obsessive thought spirals” that hinder his focus and thought patterns.
For me, these obsessive thought spirals happen all the time and they can take over for says or weeks or months. Like, I might worry out of nowhere that my food is contaminated or somehow poisoned and then, suddenly, that will be the only thought I am able to think.
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These obsessive thoughts become overwhelming to the point where Green cannot focus on activities such as watching a television episode or reading a book. Comparing the intrusion to the plot of a horror film, Green emphasizes the obsessive fear and lack of control over his thoughts he experiences. “When I’m stuck inside a thought spiral,” he says, “I find it very difficult to observe, like, anything outside of myself.”
Though his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder brings many challenges, Green has found a silver lining, using his personal experiences as inspiration for his new novel, “Turtles All the Way Down.” By portraying his struggle through the characterization of the story’s protagonist, Green both finds a way to persevere through his OCD, and allow readers to get an understanding of those affected by OCD.
“Turtles All the Way Down” will be published on October 10, 2017.
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