“Fortunately, I now have enough people around me who understand me,” he shares
Niall Horan shares a lot about himself with fans on a daily basis: from the personal stories behind his song lyrics to his big passions in life (like music and golf!) the artist always makes us feel like we’re a crucial part of his career and journey. Now, the 1D star is opening up about his struggles with mental health issues, including his diagnosis with OCD.
“I have mild obsessive compulsive disorder, that’s what doctors call it. That is, I feel like I have to do things in a certain way,” the singer shared.
For people struggling with OCD, compulsive behaviors and unwanted intrusive thoughts can make everyday actions much more stressful. There are many different forms that obsessive compulsive disorder can take, including counting/checking rituals, body-focused obsessions, hoarding, fear of contamination, and more. Niall said that his own symptoms show up in some of the most common things he does all the time in his life.
“For example, if I have a burger with chips on my plate, I always have to eat the chips first and only pick up the burger at the very end,” he said.
In his career, Niall noticed that he’s most affected by his OCD during live performances, where he feels there has to be a “right” order to events.
“There are other tics in my life. Even when I go on stage, I have one fixed sequence. I always have to sing in the same order, move and so on. I’ll basically do everything immediately, otherwise I’ll get nervous quickly,” he explained.
While he is working on getting help in managing his symptoms – and bravely opening up about his struggles – Niall said that he has learned to accept his behaviors as just part of who he is.
“I live with them and they’re mine no matter what others think about it,” he shared. “Fortunately, I now have enough people around me who understand me.”
We’re so proud of Niall for opening up about something so personal to him – and getting an important conversation going about mental health.