One of my biggest pet peeves is to meet someone with OCD who doesn’t really have it. I realize that this miseducation comes from the lack of knowledge about what OCD is. OCD is not a cleaning disorder. If you like to keep your house organized and your pens straight do not think you’re OCD.
I don’t know how the illness came to be known as the cleaning disease, but you can be OCD and be a complete slob. Yes, you heard it right. You can have OCD and not be clean. Some people with the disease are actually hoarders.
It doesn’t help that pop-culture misinterprets with OCD is. If you remember Glee from a few years ago, you can see why people think that OCD is obsessive cleaning. The counselor Ms. Pillsbury was the prime example of what comes into people’s head when they think about OCD. That comes from a lack of research.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not cleaning, but a person’s compulsions can be cleaning. Does that make sense? Compulsions can be anything from cleaning all the way to counting how many yogurts you buy at the store. A person’s compulsions help eases the anxiety and obsessive thoughts that are occurring in a person’s head.
Don’t assume that you have OCD just because you like to be clean. Cleaning and organizing are something everyone does and attempts. It should not be seen in a negative light. You should only be worried about having OCD if it affects your daily life and raises your anxiety.
If you think you have OCD talk to your doctor or therapist and ask about treatments. Until then, check out this links below on OCD. See ya next post!