OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER AND “THE FEAR OF FEAR ITSELF”

Legs dangling off a high building“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

FDR’s famous line from his first inaugural address used to strike me as a universal truth. He describes fear as “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” I have interpreted this line as a call to be brave, to take on life fully, make  the best of a difficult situation and count one’s blessings while doing so. The encouragement and sense of bravado inherent in FDR’s speech still strikes a strong cord in me… (Continue to read at Psyched in San Francisco Magazine)