No, You Do Not Have OCD.
The basic gist of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has passed into mainstream use by, in my experience, mostly people under twenty. We’ve all heard “Oh my god, I’m so OCD!” which, despite the grammatical problems, very rarely if ever actually describes the person in question.
Human beings prefer predictable patterns. This is an evolutionary advantage and a topic upon which I would love to write a thesis one day. OCD, however, is not just the need to sort your closet (or M&Ms) in the perfect way. That is known as a simple compulsion, or as is more often used in other countries, being “anal retentive.” (For some reason, the United States doesn’t like to talk about the anus.) I have compulsions. I do not have OCD.
Those who truly suffer from OCD find that their compulsions a) go beyond the simple straightening and organizing, b) are often accompanied by what may be highly severe hallucinative imaginations about what will happen if they don’t complete their compulsions, and c) become so repetitive and ingrained that they get in the way of life and cause emotional and physical damage.
If you don’t see slime, bugs, and germs constantly crawling over your hands and arms, if you don’t descend into a panic attack if you check the lock four times instead of five, if you can stop yourself from repeating a phrase or action over and over again, you don’t have OCD.
Obviously I’m not an expert, just a student with an interest. I am annoyed, however, when people misuse something like a diagnosis so severe. If you catch yourself in the act, please consider whether you’re even using the phrase correctly in the grammatical context of your sentence, let alone the context of your life.
To see more of what I mean,
watch this video.
Thank you for reading.
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