Niall Horan Opens Up About Battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Back in 2016, a fan questioned how Niall Horan always stays so organized. “It’s called OCD haha,” he replied. Everyone basically wrote off this admission as a joke, but as it turns out, the 24-year-old has battled Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, “a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and behaviors that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over,” for years.
It's called OCD haha https://t.co/EDcbS6RtqH
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 2, 2016
“I have mild obsessive compulsive disorder, that’s what doctors call it,” he tells German children’s magazine ZEIT LEO. “That is, I feel like I have to do things in a certain way. 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.”
Niall also has “other ticks in [his] life,” including a ritual he does before he goes on stage.
He explains, “I have one fixed sequence. I always have to sing in the same order, move and so on. And I’ll basically do everything immediately, otherwise I’ll get nervous quickly. That’s why in school I learned to start studying for tests very early. Otherwise I’d be afraid of the pressure.”
While the “Slow Hands” singer’s ticks caused him to have a hard time relating to his classmates when he was growing up, he now accepts them for what they are.
“I live with them and they’re mine no matter what others think about it,” he continues. “I’m just like — what the hell! Fortunately, I now have enough people around me who understand me.”
UPDATE || Niall about his obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd). pic.twitter.com/I6krvFhxmI
— 1D Updates! (@OfficialWith1D2) April 18, 2018
Niall joins the likes of celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Timberlake, Lena Dunham, who have all been open about their struggle with OCD in the past. It’s so awesome to see celebrities speaking out about their mental-health issues, as it helps break the stigma that surrounds them and lets normal people who also suffer that they’re not alone.
Learning that @NiallOfficial has OCD is a reminder that most mental illnesses are invisible to outsiders. Just because you can’t see this illness doesn’t make your health any less worthy. My anxiety still deserves to be treated, it just looks different from a broken arm.
— The gay cousin 🌻 (@Sophia_MillsV) April 19, 2018
Proud of you @NiallOfficial your sharing your story on OCD! I hope this will inspire other to talk about it!
You continue to amaze & surprise me Nialler x
— Vanessa (@NessaJ89) April 19, 2018
anyways my point is i am glad @niallofficial opened up about his struggle with OCD. Maybe now people will be more aware of what it actually is. it's not a lifestyle… its a mental illness!
— m 🥀 (@wegottoawaay) April 19, 2018
I have never felt so close to @NiallOfficial his struggle with OCD is something that helps me with my struggle everyday. Thank you for showing me that success is something everyone deserves❤️❤️
— Hadley ◟̽◞̽ Harry in 62 days! (@WhitlockHadley2) April 18, 2018
@NiallOfficial So proud of you for opening up about your OCD! I’ve been dealing with lots of anxiety and hearing you be so open about mental health makes me feel less alone! Love ya! 💖💖💖
— Hannah Lee💖🦄✨ (@super_star_96) April 19, 2018