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This is What It's Really Like to Have OCD

Spoiler alert: it's not as simple as being organized with your things or meticulous with your plans.
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In celebration of #OCDWeek last October 9-15, YouTuber Kat of ShalomAleichem {Mental Health Vlogs} posted an eye-opening video of what it's really like to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). And, no, it's not as simple as being ultra organized or meticulous. It's more like having repetitive obsessive thoughts or anxiousness, finding ways to relieve that anxiety, and having little to no control over them. Here's what we learned from her: Having OCD means...

  1. Needing to do something repetitively, like excessive hand washing to the point that they bleed.

  2. Checking every appliance in your house before you leave. And there are times when you do it over and over again until you feel satisfied with the way you did it.

  3. Being told to stop your routinary behaviors but you can't.

  4. Thinking you've ran over a person or an animal when you hit a speed bump. And yet you still go out to check even if you know it was only a speed bump.

  5. Feeling the need to start something you're doing all over again when you mess up, move, or breathe.

  6. Doing something repetitively until you think it's perfect, like re-writing a single letter in a handwritten note.

  7. Thinking something horrible is going to happen if you don't do something your mind wants you to do, like touch the wall or jump three times.

  8. Wiping down every surface you touch.

Watch her video below to know more and understand her and the disorder better.

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