Pos­i­tive feed­back from oth­ers con­firms right de­ci­sion

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Tak­ing con­trol

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.

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