OCD = Just Being Uptight?

Think people with OCD are just uptight, rigid, controlling, and overly meticulous? Think again. People with OCD are not any more uptight or controlling than anyone else who is in a real, truly dangerous situation. The difference is that the person who’s been shot, whose leg has fallen off, whose house is on fire, or whose car has been broken into, has actually had something really dangerous happen to them — whereas the person with OCD may have only touched something which might’ve touched something dirty at one point in the past, but guess what? That person really feels like they are in serious danger. It’s not about being uptight or controlling. I’m not even going to say “it’s not just about that” because it’s not even about that at all. It’s about feelings of danger and fear. Until you understand that, you don’t really understand OCD at all.

Not only that, but telling someone with OCD to “just stop doing” something which is a compulsion to relieve their anxiety, without that person understanding that what they are experiencing is a false alarm and that the danger is not real, is like telling someone whose leg has just fallen off not to go to the hospital because they’re worrying too much.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder can be about being perfectionistic and controlling, but even then, if it’s out of meanness or hurtful intent then it’s not because of the OCPD.

That is all.

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5 thoughts on “OCD = Just Being Uptight?

  1. Excellent post, and unfortunately so many people just don’t “get it.” You are doing a great job of spreading the word as to what OCD really is. Thank you!

  2. Matt Marinello says:

    I’ve been so occupied with goals of mine…. I’ve completely forgotten about having a mental illness. At the moment I don’t see myself as having an anxiety disorder at all. I’m so focused on other things it never enters my awareness. Of course I realize distracting myself with things to do doesn’t get rid of my problems. I still have problems. Distraction is only really a temporary relief but it seems to at least be a good way to delude me into thinking I don’t have the problems i do. You should try it. Just like spread your effort into many different things occupying yourself most of the day. You’ll find yourself forgetting you have an illness. It worked for me. Having a greater goal like improving the world, doing something creative, or inventing something can be beneficial. I think you wrote on your blog about studying to be an engineer? That would definitely improve things, but I’m sure you know that. I honestly don’t even feel like I have OCD anymore…. It’s weird.

    • willitbeok says:

      Matt — it’s good to hear from you. I’ve been worried since it seemed like your blog had been taken down, presumably by you. I’m happy that you’ve been occupied with goals and forgetting about mental illness. Sometimes I should probably do that too — although updating this blog and reading others helps me learn and deal with my OCD, it also might get me stuck thinking ABOUT it all the time. But yet, if I don’t think about it, I think it actually takes over my life more — the more aware I am of OCD, and that feelings and urges I have may be related to it, the more I understand those feelings and urges and the less I feel like obeying their every whim. Oh well. Everyone is different. I do plan on studying to be an engineer, but I have to get an Associate in Science degree first so it’s at least a few years away — but I am beginning to learn about basic electronics as a hobby. It’s fun, and memorizing lots of details helps keep my brain busy so it doesn’t focus on looking for problems. I’m so glad you don’t feel like you have OCD anymore! And I hope things continue this way for you. Please keep in touch! 🙂

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