My poor neighbour has what is commonly known as an OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and their garden is a great showcase of it. Every colour together, Every ornament has 2 of each and nor more or no less. But this post is inspired by the fact that he gets upset about the floor tiles in our local shop. You see one of them is yellow and all the rest are black! Don’t worry, he does see the funny side of it and it is that side I which to show you all today. Not so much making fun of OCD, more sharing the anger…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About OCD’s
10 – Much like all of this top 10, this is something people with OCD should never see.
FACT: OCD affects about 2.5% of people over their lifetime. There is no difference in the rate of OCD among men and women. People of all cultures and ethnicity are affected.
9 – Only someone who likes chaos and disorder could tile a bathroom like this.
FACT: The symptoms of OCD usually start in adolescence and early adulthood; however, children as young as 4 can be affected. Although rare, OCD can also begin in late adulthood.
8 – I sure hope this is a secret code because otherwise, someone is due to a punch!
FACT: A single OCD gene has not been identified. Developing OCD is the result of a complex interaction between life experience and genetic risk factors.
7 – What are you doing to people Pez? You used to be fun and cool…not now.
FACT: OCD can’t be diagnosed using a blood test or x-ray. Diagnosis is done by a trained mental health professional such as psychiatrist or psychologist using diagnostic criteria and clinical experience. The symptoms of OCD can resemble other illnesses so it is important to seek professional help.
6 – No person could have accidentally done this.
FACT: Effective treatments are available. These include medications such as Prozac (Fluoxetine), Zoloft (Sertraline), Paxil (Paroxetine), and Anafranil (Clomipramine) that affect levels of serotonin, as well as psychotherapies including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Medication and psychotherapy appear to work about equally as well.
5 – Well I would not sit there that is for sure.
FACT: Most people with OCD have insight into their symptoms; that is, they recognize the irrationality or excessiveness of obsessions and/or compulsions. This can be one of the most frustrating aspects of the disorder.
4 – WHY? It is done by machines and they are here to make us go crazy.
FACT: Any successful intelligent people suffer from anxiety disorders, including OCD. With good coping mechanisms and treatments in place, it is certainly possible to live a happy and productive life.
3 – This is definitely sabotage!
FACT: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. People affected by this mental illness experience severe anxiety as the result of obsessive thoughts. Often, rituals or compulsions are used to reduce the anxiety caused by obsessions.
2 – Having seen this in the supermarket I know they do it on purpose!!!
FACT: Stress is a major trigger of OCD symptoms. Keeping your stress levels in check will go a long way toward reducing the severity and frequency of your symptoms.
1 – Oh come on! You were almost there as well!
FACT: OCD is a chronic illness. Your focus should be on day-to-day management of your symptoms, rather than a final cure.