George Ezra revealed he was “in pieces” before a Brit Awards after completing a same-day therapy course for “Pure O” obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The Budapest hitmaker, 27, described his struggle with the “purely obsessive” form of OCD in which he recounted how “vacant for the world” around him was.
The singer, who rose to fame in 2014, would make himself think of “the worst thing” to say in a given situation before punishing himself for being a “horrible person”.
Honest: George Ezra revealed he was ‘in pieces’ ahead of Brit Awards after completing same-day therapy course for ‘Pure O’ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Speaking on the BBC’s How Do You Cope? Podcast, George said: “I found a crash course specializing in OCD.
“It ended the British day and I was in pieces because it was CBT and basically what you do, or what I’ve been through, is I was exposed to things that concern me. most.
“Then you take the stage to say how beautiful this world is and thank you for considering me tonight. “
George, who won the UK Solo Artist Awards in 2019, added: “I’m still amazed at what you can go through.”
Open: The singer, who became famous in 2014, would make himself think of “the worst thing” to say in a given situation before punishing himself for being a “horrible person”
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health problem in which people frequently experience obsessive thoughts or compulsive disorders.
The behavior may include repetitive rituals such as checking a doorknob X times or an internal count.
Speaking of his diagnosis, George said, “He has a name – his name is ‘Pure O’ which is sort of OCD.
“I don’t know how useful it is to have a name for something, but it helped me when I heard about it and instantly there was no doubt in my mind.
‘I said,’ This is it – this is what is happening ‘.
The term “Pure O” is not a medically listed term, according to OCD UK, and notes that sufferers will have “compulsions” which can manifest in “invisible mental rituals”.
The singer-songwriter, known for his hit shotgun, added, “We all know about OCD. You know some people will say they like things a certain way.
“We also hear of extreme cases where people have to flip a light switch X several times before they can leave the house.
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“My understanding is that it is a physical reaction to intrusive thought patterns, whatever it is. ‘
“Pure O is when you have the thought patterns and intrusive thoughts without any of the physical actions to relieve them.”
George, who spoke about how he knew his diagnosis had to “get worse before it gets better,” explained how he “tested” himself repeatedly when faced with a situation.
He said, “It’s like testing yourself. It’s like saying, “God in this situation, the worst thing you can think of is…” And then you have that thought.
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“And then you think, ‘George doesn’t think about that thought anymore,’ and that’s what you do. And then you think if you’re someone who can have that thought, does that mean you’re that person? And if so, you’re a fucking horrible mate.
The star also spoke about her journey with Transcendental Meditation which involves the use of a mantra and is practiced for 20 minutes a day with your eyes closed.
He said, “That’s what I get from it. I spend my life worrying about things that I have done or said or things that have happened in the past or I spend my life worrying about things that could potentially happen.
“None of which I can’t do anything.
It comes after George split from his girlfriend, British singer Florrie, real name Florence Arnold, in April after a three-year love affair.
A source told The Sun: “They broke up a few months ago, but it was amicable and they remain on good terms.
“It hasn’t been an easy time, especially with everything going on in the world.
What is obsessive compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a common mental health problem that causes people to obsess over their thoughts and develop behaviors that are hard to control.
It can affect anyone at any age but develops normally during young adulthood.
This can cause people to have unwanted or unpleasant thoughts repeatedly.
People can also develop compulsive behavior – a physical action or something mental – that they do over and over again to try to alleviate obsessive thoughts.
The condition can be controlled and treatment usually involves psychological therapy or medication.
It is not known why OCD occurs, but risk factors include a family history of the disease, some differences in brain chemicals, or major life events like childbirth or bereavement.
People who are naturally orderly, methodical, or anxious are also more likely to develop it.