Are you OCD about anything?

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
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Bumble bee

@pokie45:  Actually OCD is not that broad. It is a disorder with very definitive characteristics required to have the diagnosis.

It sounds like you are particular, or worry, about certain things. OCD interferes with everyday function.

I know that your probably know this, but as someone who actually has OCD, it is a little annoying when people use the word so casually. Granted, if you understood the true meaning of the phrase, you would probably have OCD, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

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Buzzing bee

The hangers in my closet all have to face the same way If they don’t I get panicky. I don’t know why.

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Bumble bee

When I go to the grocery store, I need to have produce with produce, meats with meats, dog food together… eveything needs to be sectioned off, especially at the checkout line. FI thinks its funny to mix everything together, I just can’t help it. lol. And I have a thing about numbers. I don’t like odd numbers, except for 3, my softball number. My wedding date falls in that OCD. lol. I think those are my two biggest things. Oh and I have to have things a certain way or if I want a certain something, I can not substitute unless I really have no choice. It makes me uneasy. lol

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Bumble bee

@pokie45:  Severity and symptoms do vary, but part of the diagnosis is that it interferes with function. It’s a neccesary part. It also is a “foreign” part of the person’s thoughts. They do not see it as part of their personality. That is what seperates OCD from OCPD.

I get it’s used very casually in conversation, and normally it doesn’t bother me. It was just the way it was used in the OP. I’m not offended, but I do think it is important to portray mental illness correctly. Plus, it just sounds silly. What if I said, “Gosh, I’m so Cancer about that.”

Honestly, though, I know you didn’t mean anything negative by it. I just think it perpetuates a false steroptype.

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Buzzing bee

@Follydust321:  Thank you for saying that.  My brother has been diagnosed with OCD, and it seriously irks me to no end to hear people say “I’m so OCD” about this.  Even though I lived with him at the very height of his illness, I can’t imagine what it would be like to actually have OCD, and I hate the term being thrown around so casually. 

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Buzzing bee

I am anal about making checklists. I can’t go into a store without one, not because I’ll go off list but because I won’t get anything at all.  I have to do a lot of my morning routine in a certain order or else I have to start over. 

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Bumble bee

Yes my eyelashes. I take tweezers and seperate them and am constantly noticing if one is out of place of getting caught on another.

Also spelling. It makes me physically cringe when I see spelling errors.

Crooked pictures on the wall. I will straighten them no matter where I am.

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Sugar bee

Just for differential diagnostic purposes, I like to encourage others to check out OCPD (vs OCD) – many of the neatnick tendencies people like to describe as OCD actually fit more closely into a personality disorder :)

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Bumble Beekeeper

My closet.  I need everything color coordinated. 

Nic-nacks around the apartment need to be neat.

Labels need to be facing front.

 

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Sugar bee

I used to think I had mild OCD because chewing noises make me crazy. Also, hearing neighbors make noise (walking heavily, hearing their music, etc).  any of these things seriously make my blood boil and often I have to leave the area or I would nearly panic. 

I recently learned that it’s called Misophonia, and that currently there is not really any therapy to help it  :(

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