Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I suspect I have mild OCD. I suppressed it since my mother got nervous when I was little and she saw me lining up stacks of magazines on the coffee table. It is definitely the kind of thing you can overcome. It did pop up again later when I would find myself turning off the oven dials at night, all the way, one by one. I made myself stop doing it.

The funny thing was, at a fundraiser, this woman whom I would NEVER have suspected of having OCD told me that she did, and when I told her about the oven dials, she said, "YES!" with genuine, unfeigned recognition. It's funny how you can have unexpected things in common with someone.

A guy on Twitter even has it, tweeting photos of his immaculate home and saying he cleaned it because he has OCD. Unfortunately, I don't have that kind of OCD. I try to sweep if there is food on the floor, but it's only because I don't want bugs.


4 comments:

Domestic Kate said...

I think it's only really a disorder if it affects your way of life (in a negative way), although I'm no expert :) I have a pet theory that everyone has OCD in some way. Everyone has some part of their life where they feel out of control or feel unreasonably responsible for something, and they need to exert control. But again, I only speak from my limited experiences.

I recently found out a friend at work has the same terror regarding flying as I do. Yay?

Bearette said...

I used to have a terror of flying but I'm mostly over it :)

Rachel Federman said...

I also wish I had more of the cleaning OCD...I definitely have the rituals & the intrusive thoughts...I've "fought" the impulse, like you...and I've been able to keep it at bay for the most part...glad you are able to as well

Bearette said...

Guess it's more common than I thought...