Why You Need to Stop Saying You’re “So OCD”

“Saying ‘I’m so OCD’ has become a fun fad almost, but OCD is one of the top ten debilitating disorders that causes an unimaginable amount of stress and interference. Saying you have OCD because you love to clean completely invalidates someone’s experiences.”

COMPLETELY INVALIDATES SOMEONE’S EXPERIENCES!!!!!!!

It may have taken me 26 years to understand why my brain works the way it does, why the thoughts I have even exist at all – even a year and a half later, I’m still trying to figure out all out – but it only takes one small, naïve comment to make me feel like I’m completely broken and a worthless piece of shit. And I already do that well enough on my own without anyone else’s help.

I get it. Trust me. I was guilty of using this phrase on occasion several years ago. The only way we can learn is by spreading the word.

All the time, you hear people say things like that they are “so OCD” because they are picky about things being super organized and tidy. That is not what OCD is. That can be one symptom of OCD, but it definitely doesn’t need to be present for someone to have OCD.

One of the other more commonly known symptoms of OCD is fear of contamination, leaving to the compulsion to watch one’s hands a lot and/or avoid touching certain things. This is something I struggle with. It’s always been minor, but I’ve noticed it getting increasingly worse over the past couple years.

But again, that is only one symptom of OCD.

OCD is much more complicated than most people realize.

Take a look at this article (or at least the video): Pure OCD: When logic is overthrown by nightmare-like thoughts

I can’t remember how I found IntrusiveThoughts.org but that’s the reason I came across the article.

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