No, You Do Not Have OCD.
The basic gist of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has passed into mainstream use by, in my experience, mostly people under twenty. We’ve all heard “Oh my god, I’m so OCD!” which, despite the grammatical problems, very rarely if ever actually describes the person in question.
Human beings prefer predictable patterns. This is an evolutionary advantage and a topic upon which I would love to write a thesis one day. OCD, however, is not just the need to sort your closet (or M&Ms) in the perfect way. That is known as a simple compulsion, or as is more often used in other countries, being “anal retentive.” (For some reason, the United States doesn’t like to talk about the anus.) I have compulsions. I do not have OCD.
Those who truly suffer from OCD find that their compulsions a) go beyond the simple straightening and organizing, b) are often accompanied by what may be highly severe hallucinative imaginations about what will happen if they don’t complete their compulsions, and c) become so repetitive and ingrained that they get in the way of life and cause emotional and physical damage.
If you don’t see slime, bugs, and germs constantly crawling over your hands and arms, if you don’t descend into a panic attack if you check the lock four times instead of five, if you can stop yourself from repeating a phrase or action over and over again, you don’t have OCD.
Obviously I’m not an expert, just a student with an interest. I am annoyed, however, when people misuse something like a diagnosis so severe. If you catch yourself in the act, please consider whether you’re even using the phrase correctly in the grammatical context of your sentence, let alone the context of your life.
To see more of what I mean,
watch this video.
Thank you for reading.
things i needed to hear in health class:
- puberty might make you squishier and its ok
- vaginas have a smell and it’s a ok
- all kinds of people with all kinds of bodies have gr8 sex
- genitals do not all look the same and variety is rad
- people have stretch marks sometimes
- people have pimples on their butts sometimes
- people have cellulite sometimes
- gender =/= sex
- sex =/= scary danger FEAR
- bodies aren’t scary or gross or sacred
- everything is ok
how much lube do you need for anal ? ?
I do not have enough
idk man it just makes me so so so sad when you’re watching a cutiepie talk about their passion like when they light up and start bubbling over with words and then all of a sudden they stop themselves and say stuff like “sorry, i know this is boring” or “sorry i just got excited”
like you know somewhere in their life someone they respected told them “shut up nobody cares” and ever since they can’t talk about their favorite things without apologizing every 5 seconds
why is it that were always told not to get tattoos at a young age because we “will regret it later on” when we are basically told to choose a career path by age 18? i’d rather be 40 years old with a tattoo that meant something to me when i was young than be 40 years old not wanting to get out of bed to go to a job that i hate because i was forced to decide on a career in my teens
I dont think ive ever felt more of a personal connection to a cartoon character than I do to Squidward
people run “aesthetic blogs” where they just reblog pics of like neon lights and pools of water and weird textures and stuff and i don’t really get it but i like to look at those blogs, it’s nice to know that you guys are out there, always silent, never getting into fights, just reblogging pics of wrinkled plastic bags… keep doing ur thing
I'm an aspiring artist, do you have any tips on drawing?
climb the tallest tree you can find and scream your woes into the night sky
NAH drawing is like anything else, in that the best way to get better is to just do it a lot, and often the only thing preventing you from keeping at it is motivation
so get inspired ! draw things that interest you, challenge yourself by limiting color palettes, doing strange perspectives, trying something you usually avoid, whatever works. watch some speed drawings by artists you admire to see how they do things, and then try it for yourself
you dont have to keep a sketchbook, but dont underestimate the power of idle doodling ! try to sketch or draw for about an hour a day. it doesnt have to be anything serious, and in fact keeping your lines loose and quick can help you get a better feel for anatomy and movement than if youre forcing yourself to be as accurate as possible
and maybe sometime youll compare yourself to other artists and its discouraging, because it seems like youve got a ways to go but LISTEN - nobody started out good at anything! even the best person you know worked their way up from the bottom, and you can too as long as you keep going
good luck !