When People Can't Stop Praying

"I walked out of class and I sank down in the hallway sobbing because I felt dirty. When my friend came by and asked what was wrong, in response I screamed and I screamed," Cole said. "I was trying to find some way to verbalize the stress I was feeling."

Today Cole feels much more comfortable with his scrupulosity and even talking about the battling thoughts in the back of his mind.

"Because I no longer turn my focus to it, it doesn't get loud," Cole said. "It's always going to be there whispering, but I don't have to listen to it."

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