I’m So OCD About That!

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!




  1. I understand how you feel. OCD is not a joke. It is a real thing.
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  2. Thanks for posting this! I also cringe over this as someone who’s dealt with anxiety issues since I was young. On the bright side I really feel like the taboo around mental illness is melting away, and I’m no longer embarrassed to talk about it. Humor can be helpful, but it’s not funny to have something that is such a burden for many used offhandedly by others as a synonym of perfectionism/preference for order.
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  3. I completely get it. OCD is serious. Thank you for sharing and bringing this up.
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  4. We all have secrets, differences, illness and other things that makes us different from other. OCD is not something make fun with. just ignore those people as they really don’t know and their taking it as a joke and doesn’t care if they offended others. anyway, consider it as a gift though.
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  5. Very true….I think people make comments like that without understanding how it could hurt someone who truly IS suffering from a disorder. I try and be very conscious of my words, especially around my kids. I would hate to have them make a comment without thinking and hurt someone’s feelings. 🙁
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  6. Guilty as charged. I admit to having said that without thinking – I don’t say it about things that I am just “particular about” – But there are times that I can’t walk away from something unless it is “just so” – or I obsess about it not being done right long after it matters. However, that doesn’t mean I am OCD.

    I appreciate you posting this because it is reminders like this that make a difference in the long run. While we are at it, let’s also remind people that they are not “a little bipolar” just because they can’t make up their mind or they have contradictory habits/opinions. I really hate hearing people say that one, too!

    Thanks again for sharing this.
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    • Yes, Dianna that’s just as true! Mentall illness has come a long way from the stigma that it used to have, but there is still a good way to go.

  7. My OCD comes out when I am trying to complete a project. I HAVE to finish it once I start, or it drives me NUTS!
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  8. It was great of you to share this. OCD is a real disease that causes real suffering, it is not a silly thing. It is not a joke.
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  9. I’ve never understood the need for people to claim the “ocd title” on things. You can’t be OCD about one thing but nothing else in life. It’s like saying you’re bipolar because someone upset you but you’ve never experienced it a day in your life.
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  10. It’s great to have this out there! I admit, I’ve probably said this before. Never really in a joking way, however, and not since I’ve learned better.
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  11. People don’t realize at all some of the things they say. Definitely a think before open mouth kind of comment.
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  12. A lot of people use ADHD the same way. My son has ADHD and just like you said, you can’t turn it off. You have it and it’s on and it affects everything in your life.
    May God bless you!
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  13. I know it’s very hard to deal with.. Hope you feel better soon.
    Take Care

  14. I understand your frustration. We feel this way also when my kids are in pain, and someone says, “oh, I have arthritis in my little finger.” Its not the same. My kids have life threatening autoimmune disease, and the someone has an ache in their finger! ITs the same thing, making light of a real mental illness/condition when in reality the talker is referring to a habit or way they choose to act. Its not funny, and it IS hurtful to the people who are suffering with the condition. We all should mind our ps and qs a bit better, and be sensitive to the battles that others face, not make light of them!
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  15. I don’t have OCD but I have other things like depression and a emotional regulation disorder. Of course both of my conditions could be worse and I could have different symptoms of them or have it be more obvious. But I hate seeing them portrayed certain ways and just having the disorder really used as a blanket one for many people!
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  16. I am so glad you posted this. It’s very similar to how I hate to hear how “retarded” something is… *cringe*
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  17. So very true…I know a few people who have OCD and it’s not something that fluctuates for them – it’s constant. I know most people don’t say it to insult others, but it’s important to know that there are so many people who do suffer from it.
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  18. I think many people who may, as you say, make flippant remarks about being OCD about something, are not mindful of those who truly suffer from something that is so life-altering. It is helpful to have people, like you, bring to light what OCD really means to those who are afflicted with it, so others, like me, can be more aware and understanding. Best to you.
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  19. I don’t say that because my father has real OCD, too, but it’s definitely used way too loosely these days.
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  20. People think for lightly on the term OCD a lot these days; it’s something you just can’t help and I think it’s really annoying when people use the word lightly.

  21. I have a friend with OCD and I know it’s not a joke, so I usually just say I’m a Type A. Which can borderline on obsessive but not to the point of anxiety for sure.
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  22. I’m sorry about it, I know how hard it must be. I have also OCD tendencies, not very pronounced, but they’re there, been there since a child when I didn’t even know what it is. In a group I’m am for HSP (highly sensitive people) a large majority of folks there have OCD. It’s really a widespread phenomena.

  23. I, too suffer from Anxiety and OCD so I can relate. I’m so glad to hear you’ve found a great chat room to help you.
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  24. I agree… too many people are using the term lightly and frivilously. Thank you for sharing.
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  25. I’m so glad you posted this. I am guilty, I say it here and there but now I will think twice. I always get annoyed when people use the word retarded, but it should have realized that I was doing the same things when I use the term OCD so loosely
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  26. OCD is not a joke especially if you have to live with it. I don’t have severe case of OCD, but even mild case makes is so hard to deal with thing on daily basis.
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  27. I have anxiety issues and my husband has OCD among other things. Put us together and we made a couple of kids who are on the Spectrum and have OCD, PDD, ADHD and depression. When people talk about things like that and don’t deal with them it’s very annoying. I will admit though that I really would not mind being a compulsive cleaner not OCD about it but just really enjoyed and wanted to do it instead of it being work that I hate. 🙂
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  28. I totally understand you! OCD is a disease, and people don’t understand that. I’ve got anxiety and depression pretty bad, what’s annoying is people think you can just snap out of things, and don’t treat it like a disease, they just think it’s something you can control or stop and you cant!
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  29. Thanks for sharing this Billie. I know I’ve said this a time or two and didn’t fully understand how hurtful it could be to someone who suffers from OCD. I’m glad you found a place to share your struggle.
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  30. Hi Billie, I feel you, I know how hard it is to deal with OCD and I’m glad you found a forum you can share your feelings with! Just always be positive and hope you feel better soon.

  31. I agree with you Billie. I feel the same way about my Celiac disease and people who think “eating Gluten Free” is a fun new FAD diet! I do have a question about OCD. What are some of the initial symptoms if you dont mind me asking? I’m worried about a family member.
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    • The “official” ruling is that if any obsession or compulsion interferes with your daily life an hour or more, you might be displaying signs of OCD. If you have a really close relationship with this person, you might just try asking. Though often people with OCD (and other illnesses) make excuses because we’re embarrassed. OCD can be drastically different in each person, but I would look out for repetitive actions and possibly a nervousness or anxiousness.

  32. I have been guilty of this, and I think it is because it is so easy to get desensitized to certain words. When did I stop? When I was called on the carpet, and educated by someone who suffers from it. This was several years ago, and I haven’t forgotten this lesson.
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  33. People don’t always think before they speak. I’m sure it’s incredibly frustrating and hurtful to hear someone be so flippant about something as real as OCD. This is a good reminder for us all.

  34. I appreciate you for sharing this! OCD is definitely no joke!
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  35. Thanks for bringing this up. It’s easy to forget that, while some might want to make light of their condition, others might not and it’s best to be sensitive and use other terms like Type A instead of OCD or Distracted instead of ADHD. I appreciate the reminder.
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  36. I hear that all the time, usually from kids or younger 20’s. And it drives me crazy hearing it.
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  37. I am OCD but mine is very, very mild. I have been lucky that it has never started any anxiety or panic attacks.
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  38. I feel for you, I’m not sure I could function if I had OCD with my family – they don’t clean, I’m constantly going around picking up, yelling at someone to do something – it’s like they don’t see the stuff on the floor! It’s frustrating, tiring, annoying etc – but thankfully I’m not completely anxious about it – angry, annoyed but not anxious…
    Take care!

  39. Nice keep on posting.

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