I was diagnosed with OCD and, let me tell you, it’s much darker than a simple cleaning disorder

Every time I hear someone say they are “so OCD” because they frantically cleaned their kitchen that morning, I feel a surge of disappointment in my stomach.

Over the years, we have become conditioned to believe that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is nothing more than liking your shoes lined up, having to count to a certain number or organising your cupboards with labels.

Not only has this become a misconception due to people using the condition as a description for their personality quirks, but even TV shows have added to the stigma – such as Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, which added to the belief that having OCD is all about getting down on your hands and knees to scrub a toilet over and over again.

While people often use the term lightheartedly, they don’t realise the damage they’re doing. But this isn’t exactly their fault. It’s a frequent misunderstanding. It’s a misunderstanding that has gone on for too long, and is demoralising to those seriously suffering with the disorder.  more

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3 thoughts on “I was diagnosed with OCD and, let me tell you, it’s much darker than a simple cleaning disorder

  1. I am haunted by obsessive thoughts about suicide, death, morbid worries, and other very dark thoughts and images. It is NOT fun to live with! People just don’t understand unless they have experienced it themselves. If I have one more person just tell me to distract myself or “not think about it”, I think I might scream. Don’t they realize I try to do that over and over, but it just isn’t working?

    1. Unless your someone who goes through it, I think people don’t get it. I have been suicidal hundreds of times, it comes and goes with me, so I just try to hang on until it goes each time. there is definitely no blueprint for what to do. everyones situation is different, i cant say that i have any answers for you, but if your in a bad space and want to reach out to someone whoe’s been there, please do!

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