OCD and Reading

by Matt B. on December 12, 2014

My dad once told me that I’m the best-read person he knows. I was flattered, but something about the description rang false. He meant: you’ve read a heck of a lot of books. I thought: yes, but I haven’t necessarily read them well. I read for love and joy and heart-expansion, yes, but I also read compulsively – to fill up my mind and burn off my energy. In this episode, some thoughts about how OCD has shaped my reading life.

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pat December 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm


I very much
enjoyed hearing your podcasts. My son has
OCD and I believe listening has helped me understand what he faces.

In your experience,
has it been helpful to share your condition with others. My son thinks revealing his OCD just “allows”
him to be quirky in public…basically.


Matt January 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm

ABSOLUTELY, Pat. Writing and talking about my OCD is a release valve; I’m not sure I could handle the internal pressure otherwise. That said, I’m not sure my particular strategies are right for everyone. But I think that everyone needs to be seen and recognized and understood, and we all have our own ways of seeking those things.

I didn’t quite understand the final bit: when you put “allows” in quotes, what did you mean? That your son uses his OCD as an excuse to behave badly? Or something else?

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