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"I'm a bit OCD"

NeurolepticNorman

NeurolepticNorman

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It's strange up till perhaps ten or fifteen years ago, I might be wrong but I'm thinking that most people wouldn't have known what OCD was and I guess with the term becoming common currency, it's often misused just like with the many people who say 'I'm depressed today' when really they mean they're just a bit fed up.
 
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Lola25

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You might be right Norman, and the term OCD does seem to be misused. I agree with what you say about people who make out they are depressed when in reality they are a little fed up - everyone gets a bit fed up at times, but not evryone feels severly depressed.
I also get annoyed when people insult my itelligence regarding my being a sufferer of ME - assuming that they might have it too because they feel 'really tired'. When I say I'm tired its not the regular kind of tired eveyone expieriances, I'm talking complete and utter exhaustion, all the time. Having a good nights sleep (which sadly is a rare occurence for me) does not alleviate my symptoms.
People assume I'm lazy because I don't work (I do voluntary work work though when I can) but I'd like to see them work with this illness, especially after I wear myself out even more with my constant battle with OCD. Imagine having to complete these stressful and somewhat strange tasks of obsessive cleaning everyday when you feel utterely exhausted before you've even started.
Sorry for the rant but I feel like I'm constantly judged at the moment, when people have no idea what my life is like behind closed doors.
 
NeurolepticNorman

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OCD is a truly horrible illness, Lola, so I sympathise. I've tended to be mainly a 'checker' and that feeling when you just can't stop yourself going back and re-doing it all again & again has to be experienced to be believed. I guess in obsessive cleaning, just like checking door locks & cooker switches and cigarettes are properly out again and again and again, there's an element of checking, re-checking that bit's clean, the hard to reach bit that you just have to do or you can't relax and you know really it's sufficiently clean but you can't stop yourself having to give it one more thorough mop - truly horrible.

When I first got OCD, I didn't know what was happening to me, thought I was going mad, but what a horrible type of madness. Some one once said to me they'd far rather anytime be psychotic than neurotic, it's a horrible neurosis OCD, and it's a debatable point.

On the bright side: I found once it's diagnosed it's a milestone, one knows what one's dealing with, and I was surprised when I found there were medications that help; clomipramine helped me and lately seroxat helps. Don't know much about ME but to have that coupled with the cleaning you deserve to have a good rant!
 
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Yes it is annoying. I'm not sure anyone without OCD can understand the pain and torment that it actually causes.
 
supersweep

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It is not a good thing that OCD is seen as a joke to some people,
for those who suffer it is extremely unfunny and debilitating.
 
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