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‘OCD gives you a hugely exaggerated view of your own responsibility. It is a state of constant distress – but it can be managed’

Writer and illustrator Helena Tarrant on growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety, the steps she took to deal with them and how she’s now feeling better than ever

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Helena Tarrant sought help to treat her OCD and anxiety

Helena Tarrant sought help to treat her OCD and anxiety

Beating OCD and Anxiety: 75 Tried and Tested Strategies for Sufferers and their Supporters, by Helena Tarrant

Beating OCD and Anxiety: 75 Tried and Tested Strategies for Sufferers and their Supporters, by Helena Tarrant

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Helena Tarrant sought help to treat her OCD and anxiety

‘I was seven years old and lying in bed, worried that I hadn’t trodden on a piece of grass embedded in the pavement. I got really distressed because I couldn’t go back and tread on it,” UK-based illustrator and cartoonist Helena Tarrant recalls. This was the first time she knew something wasn’t right, but it would take years, until Helena was in her late 20s, for her to get a diagnosis of OCD.

I realised other people found things much easier than I did, and didn’t worry so much. OCD wasn’t in the language as it is now, people were still not so aware.”


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