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Whilst I was living in Melbourne, in 2000, I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) after a traumatic event happened.
The OCD started with me checking things around the house. Initially, it took me two hours to leave for work, but during high-stress times, it could take four hours. I was frightened that something would happen that I would put things in the boot of the car such as the iron before I went to work.
I didn’t realise how bad it had become for a long time. I could still have fun with my friends, even though I constantly worried what they really thought about me; I could still study at University, even though the further I went with it, the more I felt like a fraud; and I still had a great family to come back to, even though I couldn’t meet new people, or socialise, or have a boyfriend.
Disembarking at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, with two hours before a connecting flight to Perth. I made the flight from Hobart can I get on the plane to Perth? It will be over three hours. I will not be able to get out. I will not be able to get back. What happens if I lose my mind during the flight?
Share your story
Sharing your story of your lived experience of mental ill-health can help others who may be having similar experiences, reduce stigma and give others a greater understanding of living with mental ill-health.
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