How many OCD kids does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but he’ll do it 1,000 times.
I’m CDO- it’s like OCD but in alphabetical order like it should be.
Fix that crooked picture frame, it’s driving my OCD nuts.
I’m way too OCD to let my dishes sit in the sink overnight.
2 months ago I heard (and said) things like this all the time. In our culture all too often OCD is a thing to joke about, something that defines weirdos who wash their hands all day, or a way to describe perfectionism. But I know now that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is real, because I have it.
I was diagnosed a few weeks ago with Scrupulosity OCD. Basically my brain interprets religious morals as strict “rules,” often blowing them way out of proportion and expecting a standard of perfection from myself.
When I inevitably fail to be my idea of perfect, my brain goes haywire and my anxiety is through the roof. Any performance less than flawless is unacceptable. I cope with the anxiety by avoiding things I can’t do perfectly, distracting from intrusive thoughts of failure, or working myself into the ground to be perfect. These are called compulsions or neutralizing behaviors- things I do to neutralize the threat of not being perfect. When I can’t neutralize I have panic attacks. It’s exhausting to be in my head.
I am not the least bit afraid of germs, my bedroom room is always a disaster, and I have OCD.
OCD is not what most people think. There are different varieties. Contamination OCD isn’t just a dislike for germs. It is an obsession that can cause people to literally feel like bugs are crawling on their skin if they touch a doorknob. Imagine that feeling for a second…no wonder they wash all the time or just stay in their house to avoid anywhere that their brain tells them is contaminated.