OCD Is Not a Joke

Thirty-six years later, my checking behaviour continues—only it’s no longer brat pack centrefolds that consume me. Checking is a common OCD ritual, right up there with counting, tapping, cleaning, and handwashing. It’s also what people often, mistakenly, think all forms of OCD look like. In the US, nearly one in 100 people suffer from OCD, with about half of those cases being severe. In Canada, 1 percent of the population will experience an episode. I am one of these Canadians. I lose hours of every day to various checking rituals—making sure my bathtub tap isn’t dripping, or my hair straightener is off, or my apartment door is locked… More here.

An enlightening article…

2 thoughts on “OCD Is Not a Joke

  1. I was very OCD when I was a kid. I can’t tell you how many weird habitual tics I had. I made a concentrated effort to shed it. I don’t think I’m OCD at all today. It’s a scary thing though when you realize it is controlling you.

    1. I used to have a few things I had to do when very young, but over time I manage to lose them. I don’t think I was too bad to be fair.

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