The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of OCD. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

Thanks to my understanding partner I am still here today

Having mental health problems has always been the most isolating and difficult part of my life. Most of my thoughts and feelings have been my secret, so as not to look ‘strange’, ‘weak’ or ‘self-obsessed’. I worried I would be judged and discriminated against. I worried I would become further isolated if I discussed it and on top of that, I did not want my family and friends to worry themselves or see me as a burden.

I was born with OCD and it's a part of me

“I’ve always known Chloe was a bit ‘different’. Even when she was a toddler I could see she was different to other kids her age.”

I will never forget hearing those words from my mum. Not for any negative reasons, but because it affirms OCD is something I was born with, it is a part of me as much as my blonde hair, blue eyes, my laugh.

Support and understanding from mental health bloggers changed my life

When I started my blog back in 2014 as a young and unwise lass to the world of mental health, I never thought for one second that this fashion and beauty blog that I created one rainy, cold May afternoon would quite frankly change my life forever. I never thought for one second that my little space of the internet where I talked about all things beauty and fashion could one-day change so dramatically. 

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