OCD is not an adjective – and I think many of you already know that. But despite the fact that there are more and more people who have been trying to raise awareness on OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), I still see quite a few “I am so OCD” posts in my social media feeds.
Am I offended by them? Well, I do not think “offended” would be the right word to describe how I feel about this whole “I am so OCD” thing. I would rather say that I am concerned about it as using OCD as a word to describe the love for cleanliness and order can be a very dangerous thing.
There are many OCD sufferers who do not know that they have OCD and who may even be scared to seek professional help because they think their thoughts are just so scary and irrational that nobody would ever be able to understand them.
Let’s just take me as an example. Convincing myself that I should see a therapist took me an extremely long time. Before being diagnosed with OCD, I used to think that I was just downright crazy. And honestly, I would have never thought that I had OCD because I was (and I still am) the exact opposite of any OCD stereotype.
I am sharing this post because I really hope that it will help raising awareness and that it will help those who are in the same situation that I was in a few years ago.
According to the most common stereotypes, people with OCD are addicted to cleaning and love to keep things in order.
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Well, let me tell you that I am far from being addicted to cleaning and I have never cared about keeping things in order.
And I think the best way to show you how wrong stereotypes can be is inviting you to a “guided tour” around my room. Am I proud of the things I’m about to show you? Of course I am not. I am one of the messiest people I know and my room could be the potential winner of an “ultimate OCD nightmare” competition.
A Guided Tour Around My Room
Now, let’s take a look at what my room looks like. As I said earlier, I am not proud of it and I really think I should be a little more organized but on the other hand, I do believe that sharing these pictures will help the world understand how wrong OCD stereotypes can be. So, let’s start our guided tour!
1st Stop – “The Chair”
We all know “the chair”. Some of us have it at our place. Some of us have seen it at a friends’ place. And well, the pile of clothes on my chair is something that definitely does not fit the stereotype that most people have about OCD. For those who do not exactly know what I am talking about, here is a picture with “the infamous chair.
Not sure if you have noticed but there’s also a carpet on my chair. Please do not ask me why it is there – I honestly do not know. I just love carpets and I found this beauty last year at a bazaar but I haven’t found the perfect place for it yet so for the moment, I’m storing it on my legendary chair.
2nd Stop – Suspicious Bottles
I have never been good at keeping things in order. Another proof of my messiness is the collection of random (and often suspicious looking) bottles that one can find while walking into my room. Why do I not throw them away? Well, that’s a long story – I just love mineral water but at the same time, I always feel guilty for polluting the environment with plastic bottles and I always promise myself that I will find a creative way for reusing them. Unfortunately, I often end up throwing them to the rubbish.
And to be honest, the other reason behind my “bottle problem” is the fact that I do not really feel bothered by these bottles.
3rd Stop – My Skincare Products
Skincare is one of my hobbies and I own a huge collection of different products – and as you can already imagine, these products are not beautifully organized on a shelf. I normally just throw them into a huge box that seems to be pretty organized to me (as I perfectly know where to find the things I am looking for).
4th Stop – My Books
I have been in love with books ever since I was a small child. I just love everything about them – their smell, their texture and all the beautiful stories one can find in them. I own more than 2000 books and I try to take good care of them but it’s difficult to keep things organized when you live in a small city center flat (like I do). My bookshelf doesn’t look particularly chaotic but it’s just way too small considering the size of my “private library” – and as a result of this, I have ended up storing my books at completely random places (in the kitchen, under my bed, in the wardrobe etc.)
5th Stop – My Bags
It’s not only my room that is a complete mess but my bags too are….hm..let’s say that their content is questionable. Well, obviously nothing scary but as you have seen, I am really terrible at keeping things organized and I often just throw things in my bag – so it’s usually full of sheets of paper, books, bottles of perfume (’cause I never know which one I will feel like using..), chocolate bars, at least one bottle of mineral water, umbrella (what if it rains?) and who knows what else.
While many people with OCD have cleaning compulsion, it does not mean that all of us live in perfectly maintained, super clean homes. OCD is one of the most misunderstood health conditions and due to the stereotypical portrayals in the media, many people think that it’s nothing more than a cleaning addiction or an extreme love for orderliness – while in reality, OCD is a terrifying mental disorder that millions of people have.
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As you know, there’s one thing that I love more than writing my stories: reading yours. Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section.