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Photo taken by contributor J, a teenager from Sanford, Florida. J has lived with OCD for the past two years. Sometimes she’s felt in control, while other times it has ruled her life. This past year, her OCD caused her to count letters in words to check if they added up to five, leaving her feeling illiterate. Since surviving a suicide attempt, she has begun to appreciate the adventure of life and capture it through photography.
About this photo: “When OCD controlled my life, being alive was torturous, a constant struggle to please my OCD, yet I was also still expected to function as a normal high school student. Looking back on it now, I realize that the year that OCD ruled my world was an adventure. It was not an adventure that I would have planned, and definitely not one that anyone should sign up for, but it was an adventure. Now I am able to move forward and live my dreams, which includes traveling. I took this photo earlier this year in India.“