Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Symptoms of the disorder include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; relationship-related obsessions; aversion to particular numbers; and nervous rituals, such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room. These symptoms can be alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress. The acts of those who have OCD may appear paranoid and potentially psychotic. However, OCD sufferers generally recognize their obsessions and compulsions as irrational, and may become further distressed by this realization. (via wikipedia)
I have some friends who think they are suffering from this disorder, they are not clinically diagnosed but they just knew they have one. One of them told me that he gets irritated by simple things like the pencil is not in the right place, the chair is not properly lined up , the clothes are not packed according to their colors or even when he reads a wrong grammar sentence and so on. Another one gets irritated when her schedule is not followed or when her office was re-arranged.
They have told me that they make sure their stuffs are properly arranged to avoid being irritated that produce a terrible headache. Since he is an engineer by profession, he makes sure that his equipments are at his tool cabinets and located at a readily accessible place to make it easy-to-find.
What’s funny is that he also makes sure that his things inside the tool cabinet should be arranged accordingly (use, color, length etc). I can’t imagine doing those stuffs. It will take all my energy and I think a day is not enough to correcting, cleaning and make everything perfect.
I am glad he found some nice tool cabinets online that helped him to be productive in his work. I just hope that he will somehow manage the disorder and find ways to make him better.
There are also famous people who are suffering from OCD, some of them are:
- Donald Trump – he has a germ phobia that makes him afraid to shake hands
- Cameron Diaz – she admitted that she habitually rubs doorknobs so hard before opening doors to clean them that the original paint on the doorknobs fades afterwards. She says, she washes her hands “many times” each day and uses her elbows to push open doors.
- Leonardo DiCaprio– he has to force himself not to step on every chewing gum stain when walking along and fight urges to walk through a doorway several times, because he doesn’t want his condition taking over his life.
- David Beckham– He said that anything out of order is enough to cause a conflict and must be attended to immediately. Examples of this complete order is that everything must be in pairs, if there are three books on a table one must be added, or one must be removed.
- Justin Timberlake- He said that he has a “complicated” mix of OCD and attention deficit disorder. Like the British soccer star David Beckham, Timberlake states that he has to make sure that things are lined up perfect and also makes sure that the fridge is stocked only with certain foods.
How about you do you know anyone who has OCD and how does he/she cope with it?
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