Lost Boy Found

Andrew Puccetti’s life seemed perfect: his parents were happily married and his childhood was good. But then Andrew began to suffer from intense hypochondria and anxiety. He recovered through therapy, and, as he grew, he began to discover himself and found the strength to come out of the closet to his family.

But the OCD returned, and Andrew found himself unable to maintain his friendships or a job. After being admitted in a psychiatric hospital, Andrew was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Here he tells his brave story of how he overcame it all to become the person he is today.

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About Andrew Puccetti

Andrew Puccetti is a 22 year old creative writing student at Columbia College Chicago. He is an activist, writer, ambassador for The Shaw Mind Foundation, and author of his upcoming memoir Lost Boy Found (Trigger Publishing).

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For my entire life, I have always wanted to appear perfect and mask all of my issues. I didn’t want anyone to see who I really was because I didn’t want to be looked at as weird, crazy, or weak. It is only in recent years that I learned that it is only through being open about my mental illness will I be able to help others in their struggles. I can’t say it’s easy, but for me, it’s necessary. It’s the only way I can use my mental illness to create some good in the world.

Andrew Puccetti