Chrissie knew at a young age that there was something different about her. Her life changed the day that she began experiencing intrusive, fear induced, and unwanted thoughts at the age of 8. Unable to articulate what she was experiencing out of shame and embarrassment, she kept the thoughts silent from her family and friends for 12 years. While desperately maintaining a seemingly perfect façade to the outside world, Chrissie battled bouts of depression and anxiety tied to her intrusive thoughts and the crippling mental rituals she performed in attempt to alleviate the thoughts.
After surviving an extremely long battle of clinical depression and narrowly surviving a suicide attempt at age 20, Chrissie was diagnosed with the ‘Pure O/Intrusive thoughts’ branch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Chrissie endured years of medicinal help and extensive specialized therapy in order to live and manage OCD successfully on a daily basis.
After a 15 year struggle to accept her diagnosis as someone who is ‘mentally ill’, Chrissie began speaking publicly about her life with OCD and bringing attention to the many people who keep their diagnosis silent out of fear. Fear keeps many of us trapped, no matter what story we keep hidden about ourselves or from personal experience.
Chrissie’s powerful story and humorous disclosure of the true events of how easily her mind can warp her entire existence in a moment notice serves to evoke empathy, introduce a different way of relating to one another, and encourage unity within a group setting or business.
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