OCD sufferer’s poem becomes overnight worldwide sensation

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Popular Culture et al
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Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn’s brave and impassioned poem may do more for the recognition and acceptance of the suffering of people with OCD than a thousand documentaries or text books. Well done, that man.

Poet Neil Hilborn has become an internet sensation in the last 24 hours.

His massively impressive two-minute performance-style, life as art, baring of his soul poem about his love for his girlfriend, written through the window of his OCD, is simply astonishing.



As someone who has suffered from OCD in the past, a brutal multi-layered, multifaceted illness that makes its sufferer’s lives a misery, may I just say that I find the last two lines of the poem among the most moving I have ever heard in all my life.

Listen, weep, laugh, marvel at the courage – enjoy.

  1. gwpj says:

    Uffda! That was a hurricane. Thanks for sharing it, Yolly.


  2. Paul Brixey says:

    Beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Most importantly so powerful.


  3. I love spoken word poetry. I found this heartbreaking the first time I listened and everytime since.


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  5. Dara Joy says:

    As an OCD sufferer myself and an actress I just loved this! I can relate and appreciate every word performed. People dont understand this disease and that the sufferers are far from crazy its that we just feel so much so often and are such good people that we hurt ourselves first bc we care too much, I love the message that love is more powerful than this stupid illness . When i broke up with the love of my life i said how I would trade every compulsive moment and time wasted obsessing just to have him in my life again,,, I even said id do the scariest of exposure and not even care bc he meant more to me than IT. Very beautiful ,. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart and soul


  6. Lisa says:

    I broke up with the love of my life recently. He has OCD and is a transvestite who concealed from me the extent of his needs regarding his interactions with men. Whilst I couldn’t remain in the relationship because of the way he is dominated by his compulsions, I understand the extent to which his love for me allowed him to limit them, albeit for only a few months. For that reason, the last two lines of this poem broke me completely. I cannot accept how J conducts his life, but I can try to understand. He has my love and prayers always, and all OCD and gender dysphoria sufferers have my non-judgemental understanding.


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  8. …I’m still crying..


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