‘Bully on the brain’: Lessons from son’s OCD battle fuels Jacksonville mother’s new nonprofit – The Florida Times

ritualistic activity,” he said. “My parents quickly took notice of my behavior because my entire forearms were cracked and bleeding from how much I’d washed them.”

Vincenty, now 28, was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, a mental health condition characterized by a “cycle of obsessions and compulsions,” according to the International OCD Foundation.

“I describe OCD as a voice that constantly tells me I’m in danger or there is a threat of impending doom,” Vincenty said. “OCD tells you that the only way to relieve the terror or anxiety is to engage in a compulsive behavior. OCD is so powerful it can override rational or logical thought.”

Kim Vincenty and her son, Jack.

Thanks to a supportive family and years of treatment, Vincenty said he is “now living a mostly normal life.” He is engaged and almost finished working on a master’s degree at Pepperdine University in California. He plans to become a therapist, in part to help other people with OCD.

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