Several people all over the world are living with OCD. Fully known as obsessive-compulsive disorder, it describes a person’s obsession to perform some series of repetitive acts which could be inimical to one’s mental and physical health.
Some of these acts include a need for symmetry and order, obsession over counting objects, and repeated handwashing. The disorder is not predominant to any race and affects people across all ages.
Case in point, Alec Baldwin is a renowned Hollywood actor who is still battling with OCD. He has had to deal with negative reactions to his ailment from outsiders while still suffering a huge amount of distress from his compulsive tics.
Here’s a look into Alex Baldwin’s personal story on living with OCD.
How OCD Has Affected Alec Baldwin’s Life
Many years have elapsed since the “Aviator” star revealed his self-diagnosis of OCD. He first shed some light on his condition back in 2005 after realizing that he took some risks to feed his compulsion.
“I have self-diagnosed OCD,” Baldwin disclosed in an interview with Contact music.
“I think if you have OCD, it’s one thing if you are compulsive about things but there’s no real cost to you. Like, if you’re home on some leisurely evening and you sit there and want all the borders of everything to match neatly, the books, and you kind of go, ‘This cup should go here.”
After pointing out what he felt was normal behavior, he described how his actions tethered on the edge of full-blown obsessions.
“The thing is, you [Baldwin] always feel the need to do it, mostly when there’s something at stake,” he said. “Like, I will literally be leaving my apartment in New York and I’ve got to go to the airport. The worst possible time is when the bell rings loudest. A voice will say to me, ‘Move the snow globe to the right three inches.'”
Baldwin’s Recent Opinion About His Disorder
Earlier this year, Baldwin’s Hollywood colleague, Howie Mandel, talked about changing the popular opinion about OCD sufferers despite having troubled days from his struggles with the disorder.
“My life’s mission is to remove the stigma,” said Mandel. “I’m broken. But this is my reality. I know there’s going to be darkness again — and I cherish every moment of light.”
Mandel’s public disclosure was not lost on Baldwin. In a new episode of his podcast, “What’s One More,” he hosted his colleague and partner Terry Baldwin and thanked him for his show of strength and support.
Baldwin also suggested ways that could make the whole ordeal could look brighter.
“OCD is something I personally struggle with,” the “Departed” star said. “I’m grateful to Howie for opening up at a time when few people were talking about this publicly, and there was even more of a stigma about OCD and mental health than there is today.”
“It’s through empathy, understanding, and being kinder to one another, that we can finally remove the stigma and change the narrative.”
Baldwin Revealed His Latest Struggle With Germaphobia
He quizzed Howie: “Is germaphobia the only way that that OCD was expressed and what was the beginnings of when you started to track that and sense that? Because I’m going through this myself now. I am, like really seriously.”
Mandel then explained his OCD obsessive worries and fears— for instance, his hands felt dirty even after he had washed them or that he forgot to lock the door even though he did.
Baldwin’s unlucky run with health issues also involved him dealing with Lyme disease. In the recent past, he reflected on the aftereffects it came with. “Each time, I was bedridden with cold sweats, joint pain, soreness, and exhaustion,” he recalled.
Hilaria Baldwin Seeks To Inspire People With OCD Cases
Still, on the podcast, Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, and co-host expressed she was learning more about the disorder and hoped she and her partner inspire hope in OCD sufferers.
The yoga instructor said: “We’re still very new to the journey of understanding what OCD is, but we’re learning that by being open about our challenges, we find a community where we realize we are not so alone, and we can be a 6 of paving the way for more people to seek help.”
After the podcast was released, she took to Instagram to express her support for Baldwin as he battled with his condition.
“It was through opening up about my miscarriages with you that I learned the healing power of I’m not in this alone. I’m proud of you, Alec, for having the bravery to do the same with your struggles with OCD,” she captioned on a picture of her kissing her husband.