GMA’s Ginger Zee’s Husband, Ben Aaron, Reveals Struggle with Severe OCD

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Ginger Zee Ben Aaron Pickler nad Ben host opens up about mental Health OCD
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Ben Aaron may be known as Good Morning America’s Meteorologist Ginger Zee’s husband, but he also hosts his own talk show, Pickler and Ben, with country singer Kellie Pickler. Ben, who has been on the show for two years and in the public eye, is speaking out about a disorder that he has been struggling with for over 30 years.

In a post on Instagram, Ben shared a photo of his during his young adult years, along with the details of his disorder and offer help to those who are suffering the same fate.

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“My wife and very few people in my life know this, but I have struggled with severe OCD for 30 years. It started right around the age this picture was taken and I am only now allowing myself to talk about it openly. Most people think it’s all about washing your hands or being a neat freak, but it is way darker and much more extreme than that. I wrote this article recently and although I have fought off many of my demons, the battle continues daily. If you or anyone you know deals with this, I am here to chat if need be. My goal with this is to help as many people as possible dealing with similar issues.”

In the article written by Ben, the 37-year-old shares that he has hidden his mental health issue for many years, thinking that if he talked about it, “bad things would happen.”

“Everything changed when I met my wife, who was open about her own mental health issues and encouraged me to share mine,” he wrote.

Ben went on to write about how bad the disease actually got.

“When I was in the thick of my OCD, every day was a bad day. Simple tasks like brushing my teeth or folding a shirt became several hours long. I once fell asleep at a light switch because I spent so much time trying to turn it off correctly,” Ben continued. “My coping mechanism was usually to physically run away from an object and hope someone saw me so the embarrassment would prevent me from going back. When a friend or relative would ask what I was doing, this would force me to come up with an excuse then move on.”

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While Ben’s OCD will never go away, he has found ways to cope, turning his thoughts to believing that good things will happen.

“I essentially had to turn my OCD against itself. Before it was, If I turn this switch correctly something good will happen,” Ben wrote. “Now, I think: If I don’t worry about that switch being turned correctly, how do I know that something even better will happen? Eventually, I stopped worrying about it.”

He concluded with sharing how he wants to be the person to help others dealing with OCD.

“I want people to know that there are tons of other folks, especially in our business, who have it and are OK. You are not alone and there is help.

“When I became comfortable talking about my OCD, I met this 13-year-old girl who had it,” revealed Ben. “We started talking and I saw so much fear in her because she was in the thick of it. I remember my eyes teared up a little because I saw myself at 13, scared out of my mind with no one to talk to. I want to be that person to talk to.”