Positive feedback from others confirms right decision
Bennett would do anything to get rid of the rituals — which, at his worst, were taking up six hours of every day — and the depression that came with them.
When his dad suggested they visit the shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupre, he agreed, hoping to walk in an OCD sufferer and walk out cured.
While that did not happen, during his time at the shrine, he made a commitment to himself to fight the attacks, albeit slowly.
Though the battle hasn’t been an easy one, Bennett has managed to take control of his mental illness and live life to the fullest.
He admits he’s come a long way from the day he sat in a doctor’s office and was told he had one of the worst cases of OCD the physician had ever seen; that his mental illness was incurable; that the incessant counting, tapping, opening and closing doors was something he’d have to live with for the rest of his life.
Originally from Flat Bay on the province’s West Coast, Bennett now lives in St. John’s.
He has a degree in psychology and philosophy from St. Francis Xavier University and is an avid researcher on various supernatural topics including psychics, clairvoyance, faith healing and the study of UFOs.
Today, he is a motivational speaker, psychological illusionist and entertainer. He has appeared in television series filmed in North America and the United Kingdom.
He hopes his book and his speaking engagements will let everyone know that people who live with a mental illness can live productive lives.
Bennett reiterates several times during the interview that his biggest fear about writing the book was how he would be judged by others.
While the book has only been on the shelves for a couple of months, the feedback he’s getting from others who live with OCD confirms for him that he’s made the right decision in telling his story.
“I continue to get e-mail from people telling me about their struggle with OCD. It brings me to tears that I’m definitely not alone and that these people are actually trusting me enough to confide in me,” he says.
Jeremy Bennett began his battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when he was just a child. Now he hopes his tale will help others coping with the disorder.