5 Facts I Bet You Didn't Know About OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a real mental illness that can have detrimental affects on the sufferer. OCD is not an adjective, it's a noun, and it should not be used out of context. Here are 5 facts about OCD that you may not know, but should.
1. We Can't Stop
OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. That means are compelled to do things obsessively. We can't help it. We can't stop. We try to argue with our minds, to tell ourselves that we don't have to do the things we do, but it's impossible to reason with a mind that isn't chemically balanced.
2. Our Minds Scare Us
A common symptom of OCD is intrusive thoughts and images. Intrusive being the key word. These thoughts and images do not come from our subconscious like normal thoughts do. They are composed of irrational fears that terrify us. We also have nightmares that make horror movies seem like vacation. Our minds scare us and medicine doesn't always help.
3. We Do More Than Clean
The stigma around OCD is that we are neat-freaks who do nothing but clean. You can want things to be a certain way and not have OCD. You can have a messy house and still have OCD. Cleaning has nothing to do with the diagnosis of OCD.
4. We Feel Alone
Between the behavior, psychological and mood issues that come along with OCD, it can make us feel isolated. Sometimes we feel like nobody truly understands what we go through so we feel alone.
5. We Often Have Additional Mental Illnesses
It's common for people with OCD to have other anxiety disorders and depression as well. We're not crazy, we're just chemically imbalanced and psychiatrists are our life savers.