New Yorker cartoonist opens up about his struggles with OCD

Jason Katzenstein has battled obsessive compulsive disorder for years and hopes to inspire others to find help and connection.
3:16 | 10/15/20

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Not only is it thankful Thursday but thriver Thursday and thankful along with my production company to bring you the story of Jason katzenstein. He is a cartoonist and writer for "The new Yorker" who up about his struggles with OCD and how he hopes to inspire others to find connect. I was an incredibly fearful kid. I was afraid of kind of just the childhood versions of all the things I'm afraid of now so contamination and danger. I definitely had a lot of pent-up anger, anger that the world was different than the world that I saw in my head. Around the time I was 15, I was diagnosed by a therapist with OCD and the first thing that I did was research into it and the thing that really scared me was the idea that this never goes away. I was washing compulsively and avoiding touching things or being places. When I started making cartoons for "The New York evacuate," what I realized was my anxieties could also be funny. When the obsessions started to drip into my work, that was also a moment where I thought I really need to get professional help. I started making comics about exposure and response revenge therapy. When I started finding some success with Erp therapy and with these meds, one thing I found was that I had a lot of energy. There are therapists and medication. You're not alone. Jason is a thriver because he cares a lot about the world around him. I think that feeling of wanting to help people and be a good person in the world and be someone who can make deep connections has -- was stronger than any of the challenges that he faced. Every day we wake up and we make a lot of choices about who we want to be and how we want to live. It doesn't mean that your day won't have challenges, but it does mean that the way that you meet those challenges is an active decision. It certainly is, Jason. We know it wasn't easy for him. There was a time when he says he was so scared and ashamed often couldn't get out of bed. His book "Everything is an emergency" illustrates some of the debilitating effects OCD can have on a person's mind and life. It's so great to hear him talk about waking up being able to make that active decision about how he wants to live his life and as we said last week we have a companion piece called beyond thriving and what we do is that we have experts who dive into the subject that we're talking about and the particular episode and this is OCD so talking about new types of treatments, medications and different things and letting people know there's nothing to be ashamed about. It will help so many feel it's not just me and then, yes, getting the help they need. These people are afraid to ask for help because they don't want to admit the issue. See awful it on my Facebook page right after "Gma." All right, robin, thank you.

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