When I was a kid I would get these really random burst of organizational energy I would call those days “shock days” because when my mom would get home the house would be organized and she always said it was such a shock. .as I grew older these days became more frequent, I started rewriting and rewriting notes from class and when I entered University it became a necessity. I found out about my second year of university that I had obsessive compulsive disorder. Since my diagnosis I have heard people throw the term around loosely with no idea what it actually means.
OCD does not mean my house is always clean- Sure some forms of OCD require the person to keep a clean and tidy house but not all. My house is not always clean far from it because I do not have germaphobia.
OCD does not mean i’m paranoid about getting sick- The germaphobia type of OCD is the most well known (ritualized washing of hands, not touching door knobs etc.) once again this is not the type I have.
OCD does not mean I am a hoarder- Thanks a lot A&E now the world sees two types of OCD (the kind that clean constantly and the kind that are hoarders) I am neither.
OCD does not mean I just “like something a certain way” – This one bothers me because my OCD is a two-fold, I need everything to be in it’s right place & I need to have a ridgid schedule. .I don’t “want” to have my filing cabinet organized in color-coded, I “need” to. If it’s not I get waves of panic that I cannot control.
OCD does not just mean I am organized- My form of OCD is organizationally based however that’s not the full extent to my disorder. This is one misconception that I absolutely cannot stand. When people say “my OCD is kicking in, or I like it this way it’s my OCD” . Unless it is causing distress in your life, disrupting your day to day activities and causing uncontrollable panic than you are just a perfectionist. There is a HUGE difference.
OCD does not mean i’m just particular, that I am a perfectionist or that I am controlling. I have an illness, it causes me physical and mental distress and it is a horrible condition to have. It is not something people should wish for so that they can have a clean home, it’s not an excuse to be used when you push people with your perfectionism. It is an illness & I am tired of it being glorified and romanticized. It is not something to wish for or to self-diagnose yourself with.
What mental illness misconceptions get under your skin?