Camila Cabello and Shannon Purser turn their OCD experiences into advocacy.
Often, when we’re suffering from mental illness, we feel isolated and alone — especially if our illnesses are little talked about. For singer Camila Cabello, it was important to speak out about her affliction (one she shares with advocate and actress Shannon Purser): Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The "Havana" singer told Cosmopolitan UK, "If I get really stressed thinking about something, I’ll start to have the same thought over and over again, and no matter how many times I get to the resolution, I feel like something bad is about to happen if I don’t keep thinking about it."
A few days later, Purser came clean about her own struggles with OCD and suicidal ideation, offering an important reminder that OCD isn’t just about compulsive hand washing, or turning lights off and on. By sharing their stories, both women helped change the perception of OCD and of mental illness, in general, and offered a reminder to others who may suffer that they are not alone.
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