It’s Monday, so I am back at it for the A to Z Challenge, thankfully I am over halfway done!
Today I decided to talk to you about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD. I joke all the time that I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because I am so picky about where things go and how things are done, but for those who really suffer from this disorder, it is a big deal. It can be a debilitating disorder. I have never been formally diagnosed with OCD, but I know that I show some signs of it.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is “characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead you to do repetitive behaviors” (Mayo Clinic). It is possible to only have one or the other, for example, only obsessions or only compulsions, and still have OCD.
With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder you may or may not recognize your that your obsessions are unfounded, but if you try to ignore them it only increases your stress and anxiety. This will lead you to perform those compulsive acts to decrease your stress.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often follows themes. For example, having a fear of contamination by dirt and germs or having things orderly and symmetrical. There are many other themes that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can center around.
For me, I have to have things symmetrical. I am not much of an orderly person, I am the first to admit that, but I hate when things don’t match and I am obsessed with even numbers.
When I change the volume on the television or radio I have to have it on an even number. It’s not just with the volume though, anything where I know the number it has to be even.
Another thing I do is with the adult coloring books. I love to color and the idea behind the books is to reduce stress. For me though, I get more stressed at times. When I color the pages I have to color it symmetrically.
Just look at the picture above. I couldn’t color the flowers different colors because it caused me anxiety. It sounds crazy because it’s a coloring book, but I can’t help it.
While these are just a couple of minor compulsions I have, this is nothing compared to what some individuals live with on a daily basis.
Do you know anyone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Do you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
To see what else I have talked about during the A to Z Challenge, check out my “A” post.