Imagine if you were to lock and unlock a door for 40 minutes because you think it’s not properly locked or have to wash hands 10 times in a row because you still think it’s dirty or having to walk in particular pattern and to not step an inch left or right because you think you might die. Won’t be easy right? People very casually say, my OCD will get triggered, if only you could please remove your shoes outside. People post pictures of a spotless room with caption #myocdlevel . We use OCD as if it is an adjective. It isn’t a word that describes you in any way.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a serious mental illness. It is not liking things neat and clean, it’s obsessively doing embarrassing rituals to give a slight relief to overwhelming anxiety. People with OCD know that their thoughts and habits don’t make sense. They don’t do them because they enjoy it, but because they can’t quit, they feel powerless to stop. It is not fun and not a quirky gimmick that you can abuse when and as you feel but a serious disorder with debilitating effects. It’s like a horrible song that’s stuck in your mind, only you can’t get rid of it.
We often confuse ourselves with perfectionism and OCD and use them interchangeably. Perfectionism is a personality trait where one strives for flawlessness, gives it a thought and dismisses it. However OCD is a disorder where you perform the same task routinely and cannot dismiss the thought.
People with OCD really need compassion and understanding. They should not be laughed at but should have an ear that can listen. Let us all be responsible and sensitive enough to help those who need our help.
STOP ROMANTICISING OCD!
START SPREADING AWARENESS!
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