Check Mates: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by People with OCD

Health, Mind & Body

By Vrinda Pendred

Publisher : Conditional Publications

ABOUT Vrinda Pendred

Vrinda Pendred
Vrinda Pendred – Founder of Conditional Publications I have five neurological conditions myself: Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, AD/HD, High-Functioning Autism and a mood disorder. There really aren’t enough books and websites out there preaching positivity reg More...



'Check Mates' is an original collection of fiction and poetry written about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by the people who know best - Obsessive-Compulsives. Split between `realism' and stories of the `beyond', there is a diverse range of styles and genres, and a mix of rage, frustration, tears, violence, pain, heartache, subversion, love, strength, metaphysics, philosophy, friendship, hope, and even a bit of humour.
And maybe - just maybe - it will knock away a few stereotypes.

Featuring writing by:
`Kristen', Rose Gardener, `Heather', `Kristyn', Steven Mojsovski, Vrinda Pendred, `Sad Clown', Laura Power, Laura Chi, Jennifer Abrams, Sharon Meyer, `Ash', Mark W. Johnson, Beth Barker, E. I. Muse, `Rich Writer' and Ryan Arroyo

Illustrations by Stephen Leaver and Richard Krecker
Layout and Design by Lakshmi Shyamsunder and Vrinda Pendred

Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to OCD charities

Vrinda Pendred is a writer with 5 neurological conditions, including OCD. She met the other contributors to the book on OCD Tribe, a dedicated OCD social network. She soon decided to establish Conditional Publications as a specialist independent publishing house for writers like herself. 'Check Mates' is the company's first publication, and she hopes it will be the start of something inspirational.

This powerful collection offers readers a rare and intimate glimpse into the minds of those who struggle with OCD. We hope this book contributes to a sense of community for those in their journey with OCD, as well as helps to educate those who want to better understand what it is like to live with OCD. --Ryan & Kristin FitzGerald - Founders,

A fascinating and enlightening read, so brave and honest. OCD: I never really knew. And now I'm so glad I do. Thank you for this. --Nia Peeples - Actress, Singer & Writer - Los Angeles, CA

For far too long, OCD has remained largely misunderstood and misrepresented around the world. Stitched together in this collection of fiction and poetry is a literary patchwork of OCD insights, each offering the unique wisdom and intimacy of personal experience. What a wonderful opportunity this book presents readers looking to understand such a complex and multi-faceted disorder!
--Jeff Bell - Author of When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty and Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of OCD