22 Things Only People With OCD Will Understand

Please just leave me alone while I obsessively wash my hands for the next half hour.

1. Order and symmetry are two extremely underrated things that you think about a lot, actually.

I mean… What IS this, even?!

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2. When it comes to cleaning, you’re the only one who knows how to do it just right.

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3. And even when you’re in someone else’s apartment, you feel the overwhelming need to fix things.

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4. You know the importance of rituals — and the terror that awaits if you don’t perform them.

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5. You can be a bit of a hoarder.

Sure, you could throw that old movie stub away, but… No, you can’t throw this away because what if you need it for something?!

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6. You’re afraid of this nightmare happening every time you pump gas…

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7. But this is like winning the damn lottery.

Now, if only it were 8 gallons, then it could be perfectly divided into the $16, and… OK, I’ll stop.

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8. This will haunt your dreams for several reasons.

Aside from the lack of symmetry here, they’re not even in proper stoplight order!

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9. Sometimes people say that you think about things “way too much,” and deep down you know that they’re right.


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10. Superstitions? Yes, you know all about those, because you obsessively follow them to a tee.

And you know that if you don’t follow the rules of that superstition, BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN. (Personally, I am very superstitious about jewelry. I have been thinking about the fact that I left my lucky necklace at home all morning. Pray for me.)

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11. Your closet is organized by color and shade, because any other way would drive you insane.

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12. Something that would be seemingly trivial to a normal person can destroy your entire day.

Like, you will think about this circle and its lack of closure for a long time. All day. Right now.

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13. Eating is SUPER-duper fun.

Patterns abound. Remove the seeds first. Place them neatly to the side. Take a bite. Repeat.

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14. Dating can also be really, really fun for you and everyone involved.

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15. Whenever you tell someone about your OCD, you constantly worry that they’ll think you’re a total weirdo.

Which is a shame, because you’ll be obsessively thinking about what they’re thinking for the rest of your life.

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16. Constantly trying to even out your eyebrows, lipstick, and eyeshadow, even though it’ll never be perfect enough.

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17. You spend a lot of time washing your hands, and just seeing this makes you want to wash them for another half hour.

Or for however long it takes to feel OK again.

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18. You become consumed with repeatedly checking things, something that you logically know is ridiculous.

So, to soothe that anxiety, you…compulsively obsess about something that you logically know is ridiculous.

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19. Your friends are used to your panic attacks by now.

Even if you aren’t.

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20. If you hear a noise in the night, you can’t simply just go back to sleep. You will obsessively check the house until you find the source.

Even if you never find the source…

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21. Having the same morning routine for getting ready, and being really mad when one of the steps gets compromised.

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22. And when anal-retentive people claim to be “totally OCD” about cleaning, this is your reaction:

Oh, and you’re really happy to see that this ended on an even number.

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