Photo Essay

Brain Lock: My Life with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Brain Lock Series: Will I ever get my life together?

Living with OCD provides us with many challenges, in our marriage and family, in his career, and in daily living in general. In retrospect, John can describe compulsive rituals he engaged in, as early as five years of age. He was diagnosed at the age of 37, after our first child was born. The stress of being new parents brought to light his illness, and for the first time he sought professional help.

John has been on medication, and in counseling for the last ten years. His life is much more manageable now, but by no means ideal. We still have our struggles, and recognize God as our strength in accepting each day as it comes.

I continue documenting our life together, sometimes the OCD is a part of the focus and sometimes not. Either way, John is one of my favorite subjects.

(The text beneath each image is a direct quote from John constituting his thought about that photograph.)

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6 responses

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    Really good story and I love the images.

  • Stacey Farrell

    Stacey Farrell said (13 Nov 2008):

    Thanks, Simon for the props. I really appreciate any and all feedback.

  • Arief Prabowo

    Arief Prabowo said (14 Nov 2008):

    Good story like BW colour and good angle

  • Spectre Photo

    Spectre Photo gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    Wow, so sad and beautiful at the same have my vote. :)

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    You got my vote. So sad, in a sense, yet at the same time so revealing of his character and the time that it takes to deal with his issues. Thanks for sharing this presonal story and i hope the series has helped him to cope.

  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (5 Dec 2008):

    Thank you to you and John for sharing your story. I missed this series that first time I flipped through your pics. I am glad I came back. I do hope it gets published.

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