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Fiona Apple: I have really bad obsessive-compulsive disorder

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06/20/2012 by Olivia Allin

Fiona Apple released her first album in seven years on Tuesday and revealed that her battle with obsessive compulsive disorder has limited her in her life and career.

"I had really bad obsessive-compulsive disorder," Apple told Elle magazine. "At its worst, I was compelled to leave my house at three o'clock in the morning and go out in the alley because I just knew that the paper-towel roll I threw in the recycling bin was uncomfortable, like it was lying the wrong way, and I would be down in the garbage."

Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is categorized as an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears, which become obsessive that lead you to do repetitive, compulsive behaviors, according to the Mayo Clinic.

After getting frustrated with her disorder causing her to waste time, Apple told Elle that she wrote on her chalkboard, "Don't waste your crazy!"

Apple, a veteran singer-songwriter who's known for her eclectic and experimental rock style, said that she doesn't leave her Venice Beach home easily, except to go to the Los Angeles nightclub Largo, where she spends time with musician friends.

"I have no social life or anything like that... I used to be really ashamed of it, but now I can just freely say that I don't ever go anywhere or have people over," Apple said. "I still get psychosomatically ill going to Largo, to see my friends, getting in the car... and my brother will take so [expletive] long - because my brother has to drive me everywhere - and I'll start freaking out, and it won't stop until I'm actually there."

The 34-year-old singer's ten-track album, "The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do" has received extremely positive reviews.

Apple performed her first show outside of Los Angeles in five years at the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival in March. At the event, she debuted a number of new songs from her new album, "The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do."

The Grammy-winning singer's 2005 "Not About Love" video featured comedic actor Zach Galifianakis following Apple around, lip-syncing the song. The album that the track is from, "Extraordinary Machine," was named the 49th best album of the 2000s by Rolling Stone magazine in 2009.

Several other stars have opened up about their struggle with OCD in the past including Howie Mandel, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Alba, Billy Bob Thornton, David Beckham, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Megan Fox, Justin Timberlake Charlize Theron and Katy Perry.

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