there are so many misconceptions about this disorder and it desperately needs to be fixed
having OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) ≠ the following:
- preferring to having things organized/clean/etc.
- preferring to do things a certain way (showering at night only, etc.) These are simply habits and are completely “normal” and healthy.
- washing your hands/yourself/ your living space often but IN A RATIONAL MANNER as to be safe and healthy
- preferring numbers to be exact (like $10.00 rather than $9.77)
- being addicted to things like gambling, overeating, etc. IN WHICH THERE IS AT LEAST SOME PLEASURE EXPERIENCED by the activity
- feeling bothered if something is out of order/dirty/not belonging (the classic “theres a red sprinkle in the blue compartment look how ocd I am”) (pls don’t)
- having a strong interest or fixation in any activity/thing in which the individual devotes extensive time/energy or seems to be “obsessed” (sports, books, celebrities, religion, etc.)
- being a perfectionist
- literally anything that a person likes to do or usually does but does not cause them anxiety if done differently
- literally any weird/nervous behavior as long as it is not repetitive
- I could go on much further but I think you get the idea
having OCD = the following:
- having repetitive and highly impairing and distressing thoughts that are often involuntary (called obsessions)
- engaging in repetitive rituals/behaviors (called compulsions) that are meant to reduce or relieve the anxiety felt by these thoughts (RITUALS MAY BE PHYSICAL AND/OR MENTAL)
Thanks for writing this! I have OCD and I feel the need to add a little more information
- There’s a subtype of OCD referred to as Pure-O or Primarily Obsessional OCD in which the intrusive thoughts occur but the compulsions either occur less or not at all. It’s still a form of OCD though, just a specific variation of such. Unfortunately, this is complicated due to the acronym’s “C”. But, for diagnosis, treatment, and identification purposes, it is still OCD, and I consider people with Pure-O as part of our OCD community.
- Sometimes people can get pleasure from finishing rituals which can, for example, occur due to conditioning: The relief feels positive, so there’s an overall positive feeling that somebody can interpret as happiness. (This occurs to me because I don’t always understand my emotions directly, so subsequently I mentally and physically interpret it as pleasure, and it continues like that). However, that is only one of many other reasons to why it could be pleasurable, and I do not think that experiencing pleasure from rituals excludes people from having OCD.
- However, the rituals are performed due to anxiety, regardless of what the person feels after completing them. There’s intrinsically a lack of pleasure in the desire to perform the rituals, which is important to distinguish. But, the feelings after being done may be pleasurable because relief can be closely associated to pleasure, though sometimes mistakenly. A sense of pleasure for starting and performing the rituals can eventually develop, but would have to occur from external factors because the formal definitions define that they are fundamentally unwanted. As such, I believe that if it is like that at a core or early level, then it follows the parameters for OCD.
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396 photos merged into one image using the lighten blending mode in photoshop. I think this one pretty much covers the colour spectrum of sunsets, lacking only the darker reds. I can’t get enough of this technique!