OCD- An Obsessive, Compulsive, Contaminated, Repetitive, Perfectionistic, Non-Symmetrical, Dysfunctional Life
by Allison Harmon
Have you ever stayed in the shower for an hour, scrubbing your skin
until it bleeds, even though the water has run cold?
You don’t intend to harm yourself, but if the skin isn’t scrubbed raw,
Have you ever brought your own silverware to a restaurant because
you don’t trust their cleaning processes?
You don’t intend to come across as rude, but if you aren’t the one cleaning it,
Have you ever switched straws after every sip of a drink because
you fear that something in the air will contaminate it between gulps?
You don’t intend to be wasteful, but if there’s suspicion of potential germs in the air, the straw
Have you ever driven to the end of the street, then turned around,
just to double check that the garage is closed?
Once you check, you drive back down to the end of the street, but
Have you ever gone back to the kitchen after cooking dinner,
just to double check that the oven isn’t still on, and it won’t burn your house down?
Once you check, you go back into the other room, but
Have you ever checked the locks on your front door, gone to bed, then gotten back up and re-checked, just to make sure no one will break in and rob you?
You check for the third time and go back to bed, but
Have you ever written, erased, and rewritten the same word 6 times just to
make sure it’s perfectly even?
Have you ever started speaking, stopped, and restarted speaking several times just to
make sure your sentence is perfectly eloquent?
Have you ever missed an entire class worth of notes because you’re
distracted by a crooked map on the wall?
Have you ever been immediately shaking after you send an email because you’re worried that your grammar wasn’t perfect, or you’re word choice wasn’t eloquent enough?
Have you ever anxiously awaited awaited a grade, even if it is hardly worth anything because
you have to get 100% on everything in order to be confident in yourself
or to feel like you were getting close to being good enough for at least your teachers?
Have you ever lay awake in bed at night, unable to sleep or even relax because
you haven’t started planning out that project that was assigned today and is due next month?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has destroyed lives
It is too often made light of and joked about
It is a serious, debilitating mental disorder that severely disrupts the lives of those who suffer with it
So think twice next time you call that guy OCD for liking his desk organized
or when you purposefully disturb the order of that girl’s closet
Mental disorders are not a joke,
and they are just as, if not more so, damaging than any physical disorder,
and you’d never joke about somebody with a physical disability
Those who suffer with mental disorders do not choose to be the way they are,
but you can choose to be more sensitive towards them.
You can choose to start treating mental disorders with the respect and seriousness that they deserve.