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B e a r i n g Witness

Stories of supporting my husband through mental illness

I'm just here to say: I see you. Supporting a loved one through mental illness is hard and lonely. I hope you feel less alone through reading our story.

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The Alcohol Problem

Alcohol began to play a role in coping with Nick's mental illness - for both of us. That's not to say that either one of us ever met the...

Nick's Story

Hi everyone! My name is Nick. I'm Erica’s husband. I have OCD, otherwise known as obsessive-compulsive disorder. In short, OCD means that...

Hospitalization: Part 2

So we Baker Acted Nick. I got a call from him about an hour after the police drove off with him. He was screaming at me. "I can't believe...

Hospitalization: Part 1

We got married on February 1st, 2019. If I haven't mentioned it yet, I'm Canadian. All of my family is in Canada. I met Nick at an...

Video Game Addiction

Nick started to realize that the only time he wouldn't be thinking about his OCD was when he was playing video games. He came home one...

Early Behavior Changes

Prior to Nick's tinnitus and OCD onset, he was the type of person to get up at 4:00am to go to the gym, somehow be energetic all day, be...

Somatic OCD

Once Nick had started Googling his symptoms, he eventually came across the diagnosis of somatic OCD: the hyperfocus on neutral physical...

OCD Onset

In the summer of 2019, Nick developed tinnitus. He's been to countless music festivals and never really used proper ear protection. The...

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