I normally try to stay away from posting about things like this. The reason being is that it’s something that I deal with, think about, stress over all day long and the thought of putting more effort and attention into it is exhausting.
That being said, I’ve really just got to get this off my chest. OCD is a disease and not a particularly fun one. Of course, no disease is FUN, but the way people toss around the term OCD so loosely, you would think it’s something enjoyable to have or no big deal.
I’m so incredibly tired of hearing or reading people say insensitive things such as:
“I’m so OCD about that!” or “Oh that’s just my OCD kicking in.”
There’s a VERY big difference between being a little anal retentive about how your towels are folded and obsessing about it to the point of anxiety symptoms. Just because you clean a lot or like to clean, doesn’t mean you have OCD. While I’m at it, I’d like to say that OCD comes in a variety of forms it isn’t limited to cleaning or hoarding.
My OCD doesn’t “kick in” or turn off and on. It isn’t a damn faucet. It’s a very real, intrusive, life-altering disease.
Please try and remember when you flippantly remark about OCD that are are millions of people SUFFERING from this disease, myself included.
I’ve found a great chat room for anxiety related and other mental health issues at anxietyzone.com. If you’re one of those people suffering from a mental illness, you are not alone. Reach out!