Some people tend to say they have OCD because they are very organized and like things neat. This is far from the actual illness, as OCD encompasses far more than just cleanliness. OCD is a mental illness that poses a serious obstacle in person’s life, which being organized doesn’t.
This one is largely represented by the media, but it doesn’t have to be part of the disorder. WHat OCD does constitute is fears and obsessions, and only in some people fear of germs is present. Other common fears include: fear of a number/color, fear of committing a sin, fear of harming others and so on. Compulsions or obsessions often include hand-washing, but they can also be repetition of certain routines, excessive cleaning, tapping objects and so on.
Most people with OCD understand that what they are doing is irraional and that nothing bad will happen if they do not do it. However, they still are forced by their mind to do these things. They do not want to risk anything bad happening, just in case.
In the movie “As Good As It Gets”, Jack Nicholson portrays a man with OCD and the symptoms of the disorder are very noticeable to the viewer. In reality, most people don’t act on their compulsions physically, but rather mentally. Mental compulsions include repating or counting words in a sentence, counting numbers, praying… Some people might be suprised to learn that someone they know has OCD, but that is because the compulsions are mental or exercised in privacy. Not all mental disorders are very obvious to people around the condition.
People sometimes think they have OCD when they are very organized, wash their hands often or are always check multiple times if the door is locked. However, OCD is a very rare disease and it affects only 2% of the population. Having compulsive trait is not the same as having OCD. People with OCD cannot fight their rituals and obsessions and they cause great damage to hteir lives and make them miserable.
My OCD Has A New Obstacle - COVID-19
by Nidhi Pattni
I’ve lived with OCD or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder since I was in the fourth grade. You could say overtime I have become well accustomed to this complicated, distressing and often debilitating existence. But 2020 has been a whole other ball game and my OCD and I both have been trying really hard to stay afloat. I’ve seen new obstacles, felt new waves of anxiety I had never previously experienced and yes, been washing my hands A LOT. My hands look like raisins.