Learning to live with OCD: Labeling, the self, and stigma

Dana Fennell, Ana S.Q. Liberato

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Researchers have long questioned relationships among self-conceptions, "mental illness," and stigma. This article looks at these issues through the lens of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as minimal research has focused on the lived experience of OCD. We examine the impact of OCD on constructions of identity and the management/resistance of stigma. We do this through in-depth interviews with an untraditional Internet-based sample. We find respondents experience a crisis of self that leads them to a variety of strategies to deal with self-stigma, experienced stigma, and anticipated stigma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-331
Number of pages27
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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