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I hated the way I couldn’t control my response to triggers, and I felt trapped in my mind. I didn’t know how to move on, and I wondered if I was going to be reacting this way for the rest of my life. I never considered talking to anyone about it, or that my coping strategies might be unhealthy. I was just intent on keeping my world still and upright. I wasn’t happy, and I wanted to be free of the obsessive behaviour.

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