Begging the Question – Poetry About OCD and Depression

Are you a poetry lover whose life has been touched by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or depression?

Perhaps you’ve experienced one of these disorders first hand?

Perhaps a friend or loved one has?

Perhaps you’d just like to learn more about these oft-misunderstood phenomena you keep hearing about in the media?

If so, then maybe you’d be interested in my forthcoming poetry book, Begging the Question.

It’s a collection of over 140 poems about OCD and depression. I started writing these poems 4 years ago when I made the shocking discovery that I’d been obliviously living with OCD all of my adult life.

There are also 4 supplemental sections about OCD and depression; my personal journey with these disorders; and a controversial section contending that governments and corporations have manipulated the perception of OCD to make money.

I’m currently adding the finishing touches to the book before publishing it on Amazon as an e-book.

If you’d like to receive an email when the book’s released, then please join my mailing list here!

In the meantime here’s a sneak peek at the cover and a poem from the book that goes with it:



The Devil sits there scheming on his perch,
he weighs up all the angles where I’m weak,
he dangles down his question mark to search,
for places where the meaning feels oblique.

His hound lifts up my skullcap with a hook,
exposing all that’s going on inside,
to let his master get a better look,
so he can see where doubt is best applied.

He plants his rancid seed and it begins,
I pause and place my head inside my hands,
to make propitiations for my sins,
to jump through rings of fire like he commands.

He comes to see me many times a day,
it’s like a holy rite I must perform,
to keep the lies and opposites at bay,
to save the quiet centre of my storm.



Thank you.




14 thoughts on “Begging the Question – Poetry About OCD and Depression

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  1. What a nightmare that you have set to poetic words. Doesn’t make it any less worse, just allows us non-OCD’ers to understand. Although, if everyone is completely truthful, I believe that we all have a touch of it somewhere in our lives.

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    1. Thank you very much for the comment Susan. Well one of my hopes for the book is to communicate what OCD’s like to people who haven’t got it. So that’s good to hear.
      There’s a school of thought that says everyone has intrusive thoughts to a degree. There’s just something different about the brains of people with OCD whereby they pick the ball up and run with it. They can’t let the thought go and they end up in a very unpleasant looping cycle which eventually drives them to devise compulsions to go with it.
      I really appreciate your comment Susan. Thank you.

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    1. Oh thank you so much for saying that. I’m no graphic designer but I’m pretty happy with it given my meager abilities. It’s the scene I imagined in my head at the outset, about a year ago when it all seemed impossible! So it’s good to see it finished.
      And thank you very much for the kind good luck wishes!

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