Poet Neil Hilborn tells his story about living with OCD, falling in love

Nadine Kalinauskas
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Poet Neil Hilborn tells his story about living with OCD and falling in love

"OCD" is slam poet Neil Hilborn's story about the transformative power of love.

Having struggled with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) for years, Hilborn shares how falling in love affected his disorder — and vice-versa — in two powerful minutes.

Grab a tissue or two and watch Hilborn perform "OCD" at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam below.

The beautiful poem is going viral.

After someone posted the video on Reddit, Hilborn ended up engaging in an impromptu Q and A about the poem he wrote in 2011.

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Of the tics in the performance, he says they are "an intentional performance, but they are also my actual tics. Sometimes in performance they become real."

He reassures his concerned fans, that while the girl he wrote the poem about "did come back...and then left, and then came back, and then left again," he's in a good place now.

"I have in fact found love since then," he writes.

"I can't speak for everyone's experience, but I know that I am not the only person to have tics dissolve because of love," he adds.