Shannon Purser Opens Up About Her OCD: 'It Was Debilitating'

Shannon Purser Opens Up About Her OCD: 'It Was Debilitating'

Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser has spoken out about her history of self-harm on Twitter, and now she is getting candid about her struggle with OCD.

“I had a really, really bad case of it,” the 20-year-old actress revealed to People. “Everybody hears OCD and they think, ‘Okay, you like to clean or be organized.’ That’s really not what it is, especially not for everybody.”

For her, it was more a matter of being “super self-conscious, to the point where it was debilitating.”

“I didn’t feel comfortable talking to people,” she continued, “It’s incredible, but I will sing the praises of therapy. I think everybody should be in therapy. It helps so much to have somebody educated you can talk to.”

We’re so glad that she is both doing better, and that she is speaking out about such an important issue to help shatter the stigma.

“I don’t have a typical body type, and that used to be something that made me feel very alone and weird,” Shannon said, “I’ve gotten so many messages from people saying like, ‘It’s so refreshing to see somebody who looks like me on TV,’ and that really means the world to me.”

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