Recently I someone asked, “What is OCD?”. I have to admit I’m just so used to referring to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as OCD that I forget that some people don’t know what the term means.
Simply put OCD is:
An anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety, or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. ~Wikipedia
For example, if you are consumed with germs and cleanliness, and to reduce your anxiety you wash your hands repetitively. It may have to be a certain number of times or after you touch a certain item.
The hard thing about OCD is you realize how irrational your fear is and yet you don’t feel like you can stop – it causes that much anxiety.
Now OCD can be about almost anything. Did you turn off the oven, shut the front door, hit the child you drove past 3 blocks ago? The list can be endless. In fact to try to sum it up in one article would probably be impossible.Especially since my main struggle has been cleanliness. If you’ve struggled from OCD and have something to add please leave a comment.
If you want to know more here are some articles (if you have some to add feel free to leave a link below):