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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Is it really OCD?

i have met several people that used to claim they are OCD but i seriously think that they aren't. they say things like :

"you knowla my husband kan OCD. he can't stand using 2nd hand items"
(and your house is not that neat, trust me)

"i have a little OCD coz i feel irritating when i see dirty clothes everywhere and i will start nagging my husband, but if its mine, then its ok pulak. i surely have odd kinda OCD"

"i have OCD coz i like to organize my documents in files, organize my things on the table and i don't like see messy things"
(uhh...i guess i sometimes OCD too? when i have time to do that laa)

"i think i have OCD coz i have to double check every work i do"
(thats your job to minimize mistake, duncha think?)

thats only a few example that i can they know the real meaning of OCD? or they just assume they have OCD when they are actually just neat freaks or have a quirk or two? i try not to think negative about their comments but sometimes i think they used it as an excuse to push people away or "humbly" praise themself for being a neat person (and indirectly warn others to not mess with their things) or to say that they cannot accept other people's way of thinking because...well, because they have OCD. and people should just accept theirs. yeah, right!!

the simplest symptoms of OCD is REPEAT. like washing hands. According to WIKIPEDIA,

Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Symptoms of the disorder include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts; relationship-related obsessions; aversion to particular numbers; and nervous rituals, such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room. These symptoms can be alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress. The acts of those who have OCD may appear paranoid and potentially psychotic. However, OCD sufferers generally recognize their obsessions and compulsions as irrational and may become further distressed by this realization.

see the underlined words. do they even have that symptoms? in a more simplest way to understand it, i quote from a website :
Basic idea of OCD: “..An illness that causes people to have distressing, intrusive, irrational thoughts, images, or impulses (i.e., obsessions) and to perform repetitive behavioral or mental acts (i.e, compulsions) aimed at reducing distress or preventing some dreaded situation."

Obsessions (the producer of an anxiety):getting hurt, getting sick (or contaminated), being imperfect, losing track of belongings, feeling insecure, and feeling vulnerable or helpless.

Compulsions (what one feels they HAVE to do):double checking, washing repetitively, keeping things for an extended period of time, touching objects repeatedly, forcing relatives and friends to say or do certain things.

i have read a very usefull article here about what OCD is...and isn't...if you really have OCD, then you would be disturbed by seeing this. Please be clear that i am not against OCD. im just annoyed by people shutting others by using OCD as a reason. i guess OCD is lightly thought as neat and people would like to have that psychological disease. but when they are being harsh and panas baran, do they want to be labelled as bipolar? tak nak pulak kan?


Norma NML said...


Rumah skrg semuanya mhl :(

arLene said...

yup...gaji 5k pun belum tentu mampu duk atas tanah :(