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#OCD: Starving The Monster – Tauscha Johanson (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Tauscha Johanson’s talk titled “OCD: Starving The Monster” at TEDxIdahoFalls conference.

In this TEDx talk, Tauscha Johanson shared her personal journey with her daughter Breeland’s battle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She criticized the casual and incorrect use of the term OCD in social media, highlighting the serious and challenging reality of the condition.

Through her narrative, Johanson detailed the intense struggles and moments of desperation that OCD brought into their lives, especially the fear and compulsions that drove Breeland to believe she had caused harm. To combat OCD, the Johanson family employed a unique strategy of likening OCD to a monster that needed to be starved, representing the importance of resisting compulsive behaviors to weaken OCD’s grip.

Tauscha emphasized the significance of understanding, acknowledging, and confronting OCD in a non-judgmental manner, advocating for external support and empowerment for those affected. She called for a change in societal perception and understanding of OCD, proposing alternative supportive hashtags to foster a community of support. Johanson’s talk was a powerful call to action, urging society to recognize the real challenges of OCD and to support those battling the disorder.

Listen to the audio version here:


A recent social media trend involves posting pictures of perfectly clean, color-coded, organized spaces followed by the hashtag OCD, or a short comment like, “I’m so OCD, LOL.” The phrases are used tongue-in-cheek as a joke, I know, I get that. Sometimes even as something to aspire to or celebrate, “Look at this, isn’t it great? Don’t you want some of this?”

My daughter Breeland has OCD, and I got to tell you, it’s nothing like the Instagram version that you post and hashtag. OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, is neither a verb nor an adjective, as you use it on social media, you got to know that. It’s also a serious condition, a disorder that results from a chemical imbalance in the brain, and it is never a choice. Perhaps I can paint the picture of what the OCD that we came to know and live with looks like.

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