“Eat more often.” “Don’t have anything with sugar.” “Put on some makeup.” “Stop caring about what you look like.”
Sometimes, the voices of everyone and everything around me are so overwhelming. Listening to them all and obeying them becomes a constant chore. Like a puppet, I move my arms and walk through life attached to the strings of others. If only the scissors that I tried to use to free myself were healthier coping mechanisms.
Everything most line up and stand in order sometimes for people with OCD.
OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a strange type of anxiety. People often joke about having it because they like having things a certain way. However, wanting to put objects in order or be tidy is only a small piece of this difficult illness.
Those with OCD face daily challenges with their thoughts. First of all, obsessions enter one’s mind and refuse to leave. For example, I have struggled for years with thoughts about hurting myself or others. No matter how hard I tried, the images and words would not leave my head. Secondly, people have compulsions or actions that they feel like they must do. This includes hand washing, checking locks, counting bathroom stalls (I do this all of the time), arranging items, and other such actions.