“I have to retag all my posts!” *tags post with OCD*
“I have to keep things clean!” *tags post with OCD*
OCD does not mean that you are overly neat. No. It does not mean that you have to have your things a certain way.
OCD manifests differently for each person. For example.
When I was ten I…
THIS, THIS, THIS. People are so fucking flippant about mental illness, and I have to assume it’s because they’re poorly educated, because the idea of a person who has actually spent more than a half-hour in high school psychology “studying” OCD trivializing it in this fashion makes me want to slap these twits.
Here, have some fun facts about OCD and its component compulsions:
- 50-60% of people with OCD have few or no overt compulsions (cleaning, physical ordering, handwashing, etc). Instead, compulsions may take the form of mental prayer or math, blinking or staring, reading or writing the same thing over and over again, touching or tapping, silent self-debate, distraction-seeking, reassurance-seeking, and trying to remember conversations exactly, just to name a few.
- OCD is an anxiety disorder. People do compulsions because they are freaked out of their wits and seek relief, not because it’s quirky or special or fun.
- Compulsions aren’t just one-off or rarely-repeated behaviors. Nothing in OCD is one-off or unrepeated; excess is the name of the game. It is the same crap over and over again, day after day, often year after year. If it weren’t so scary and important-seeming, it’d be goddamn boring.
And another pet peeve: If you say you “are” OCD, chances are really good you don’t have it. If you don’t understand why that is, don’t ask your psych teacher—ask your English teacher.