You can frequently hear a joke about someone or something being “OCD” (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), but it’s actually a serious condition. OCD involves disturbing, unwanted thoughts, called “intrusive thoughts” that cause the person a great deal of discomfort or anxiety. In order to overcome the stress, the child, teen or adult tries to engage in repetitive, compulsive behaviors that enforce some kind of order.
Often, these rituals have to be very specific, like counting to 10 before removing an article of clothing. According to the World Health Organization, OCD is in the top 20 causes for disabilities, and it is estimated that it affects 1 in 40 adults, and 1 in 100 children, respectively. That’s around 2.3% to 1% of the human population.
In the public, however, and on the internet, things sometimes get labeled as “OCD” in a way that’s markedly different from the disorder itself. Most often, these are images that are designed to provoke your inner sense of symmetry (which is just a part of the rich spectrum of OCD compulsions). One could say it’s just another form of amusement and trolling, and, a fairly innocent one.
Luckily, it’s not even close to the seriousness that real OCD brings into people’s lives, so we can all rest for a bit and enjoy some harmless fun. Still, though, it’s important not to devalue the suffering and experiences of the people who are struggling with it. We all deserve to have happy, fulfilled, pleasant lives, free of fear, stress, confusion and worry, and our respect goes out to all people struggling with one form of disorder or another.
For now, thanks to The Chive, let’s have some light-hearted fun with these awkward images, chronicling the imperfections of daily life. Enjoy!