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What’s OCD and What Isn’t | Will It Be OK?

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OCD isn’t something that inspires us to be cleaner, neater, and more efficient in our lives; it’s something that holds us back, because it means our brains are telling us we have to deal with problems that don’t even exist.The Frogman: Emergency Blog Kitten

What’s OCD and What Isn’t

Busy day, so getting this in just under the wire.  I have been meaning to post about OCD since I found out it’s behind some serious issues I have.  I obsess about stuff & never realized it was OCD, until my psych told me about obsessional type OCD where my compulsion is to worry an issue to death.  I need to understand things & can’t let something go until I do.  It makes me an excellent researcher though, because I can, & do, spend hours reading up on whatever issue has my focus at the time.  Unfortunately, it causes problems in my relationships because I can’t let things go. Can. Not.  It’s very frustrating to the people who get caught up in my need to over analyze everything & continue having more questions beyond the limits of their patience.

Will It Be OK? is an OCD blogger, & a few days ago she posted a few tips on what is & is not OCD.  Here are the first couple, & I encourage you to check out her post for all of it.

Not OCD = washing your hands frequently.

OCD = washing your hands because you looked at a bottle of poison, and worry that poison particles might have floated onto your hands.

Not OCD = keeping a clean house, and being tidy to a fault.

OCD = cleaning your house even though you don’t want to, because of an object that touched something that touched something that touched something else that might have touched something dirty months ago that has since been cleaned, and now all of these objects are probably contaminated.

 

(Missed the midnight deadline by one minute! Still counts.  Day 2 in the bag.)

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Author: despitemyself

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2 thoughts on “What’s OCD and What Isn’t | Will It Be OK?

  1. As someone with OCD I can really relate to this, especially wanting to wash hands after just LOOKING at bird poo or a toilet.
    I’ve found ASMR to be one of the most helpful coping techniques, have you heard of it? I did a piece on it a few days ago: http://japanmax89.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/the-magic-of-asmr/

    • Interesting. I hadn’t heard of it. Mine would be my optometrist. Sitting in a darkened room with a soft spoken man repeating “one or two, this one or this one” is very relaxing.

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