manel.atserias.luque@gmail.com

When I was diagnosed with an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with a high level of severity at the end of 2010, I was studying my third year of law degree at Pompeu Fabra University School of Law and was a basketball coach of children.

At that time, due to this mental health problem, many people thought that my life is over. I had suicidal thoughts many times when the first treatments did not work. Even, one psychiatrist recommended me to take a rest in my studies and focus on my recovery.

He said to me that how it was possible that a person, with my level of OCD, could study Law. According to him, people like me had legal incapacity.

I said to him that while my colleagues spent two hours to do an activity, I needed to spend eight hours. I suffered a lot, but my legal studies were the only reason to stand up every day and have a purpose in this life. Therefore, I rejected his recommendation immediately.

Thanks to my family and doctors, I worked very hard to recover that which OCD snatched from me: my freedom.

Despite difficulties, I could finish my legal studies (Bachelor of Law and an LLM).

After following the Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for five years, I am only currently taking medication.

I am aware of OCD will always be there. Sometimes, it is difficult to deal with this disorder. Nonetheless, this time is different because I am no longer afraid of it.

For this reason, Law is my passion, and Mental Health is my cause.