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OCD: The Voice in her head.

Maggie Gatsby's struggle with OCD.

By Paige Published about a year ago 3 min read
OCD: The Voice in her head.
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Prompt: Write a story about a character who is struggling with a mental illness. (Fiction)

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6..." Maggie counted to herself as she flipped the light switch over and over again. She had just encountered a terrifying thought that something awful would happen to her beloved pets. So she counted up to one hundred times in order to. "Protect her pets." She counted to one hundred then decided to count to a higher number to be extra safe. Her family didn't understand what caused her to do these things. She'd count each time she flipped the light switch.

She prayed ten times before bed at night, and She'd wash her hands until her hands were red and bleeding each time she had an upsetting thought. She was afraid she'd accidentally hurt someone or herself. She feared she would get terribly sick and end up in the hospital or worse.

There was constantly a voice in Maggie's head telling her what to do to keep herself and those around her "safe." These little actions were keeping her sane until she was triggered by something in her environment.

Anything could trigger these strange thoughts and actions. A sign outside her work, school, a word or picture on tv, her phone, or laptop. She was afraid of so many random things and she didn't know why.

She kept these things a secret from her family. She was embarrassed to admit anything was going on inside her head. She was afraid she was going insane.

Maggie finished counting her light switch flips and went back to her laptop to play some computer games to take her mind off her fears. She always tried to distract herself from her fears by doing things she loved.

However, these thoughts also messed with what she loved. Like her friends, family, and her pets. It was exhausting to keep up with it all.

She felt she was doing these things nonstop every day. It took up time when she could be doing things like her college homework, her chores, and taking care of her pets. Every day she struggled and it was starting to take a toll on her.

Her family was beginning to notice to0 and eventually, they discussed their concerns with Maggie. She said that she felt strange and explained the strange feelings and voices in her head.

So they went to a local psychologist to see if she could help Maggie out. Maggie talked through her feelings, thoughts, and the weird actions she had to calm her mind. She said that her brain felt weird and like there was a person living in her head telling her what to do. The doctor explained to Maggie and her family that she had something called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD.

The that there are a few causes of OCD such as Environmental, Genetics, or in Maggie's case a chemical imbalance in her brain. The doctor explained how Maggie's serotonin wasn't being produced as much as it was needed for her to feel good. So her serotonin levels were lower than normal range. They all discussed the treatment options.

There was exposure therapy or medication. There were also intensive outpatient treatment or residential treatment programs. Maggie and her family went home to discuss their options. Maggie wasn't so sure. She felt safer when she did the little actions she did and it made it feel like she was protecting herself and those around her.

When her parents brought up the idea of medication it scared her. "What if the medicine makes me feel like a zombie?" she asked one day as she finished her chores for the day. Maggie had her college class earlier in the day and ended up doing half of her little actions which she had learned were anxious compulsions.

"No honey it won't these kinds of medcines can help your mind settle and you'll feel better. You'll feel happier and less afraid." her mom explained. Maggie nodded but she was still not so sure about it.

A few days later Maggie and her parents met with the doctor to help set up her medicine regime. It took a while for them to find a medicine and dosage that worked for her. For a while Maggie worried that it would never work and she'd be miserable forever. Soon enough though they found something that was working and thanks to the combination of medicine, therapy, and support from her family and friends. Maggie was feeling so much better. While she still had her anxious thoughts they weren't as intense and the voice in her head was quiet. She could finally focus on what she wanted to focus on instead of her anxiety. She was back to living and she felt so much happier at last.

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About the Creator


Hi, I'm Paige and I love to read and write. I love music and dogs. I mostly will write about my favorite things. Enjoy

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