3 Myths About OCD

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m so OCD”, or “she’s so OCD”.   Because she likes to have her dresses organized by color and length in her closet, or he likes to keep his car spotless.

OCD can be a debilitating disorder that turns the lives of its’ sufferers and their loved ones upside down. OCD has a neurobiological basis and runs in families. It doesn’t discriminate and affects people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds equally. In the United States, about 1 in 100 adults have OCD. According to the World Health Organization, OCD is one of the top 20 causes of illness-related disability for people ages 15 and 44 years across the globe.

Myth 1- People with OCD are neat freaks.

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is different from OCD. Someone with OCPD likes things to be done a certain way. This may mean that they want their home and office to be spotless or they want their shoes arranged a certain way.  They want their desk organized a certain way and so on. These behaviors may be strange to others and cause issues in interpersonal relationships for people with OCPD, but they see them as rational and normal.

Myth 2- People with OCD don’t realize they are being irrational.

People with OCD realize that their behavior and compulsions are abnormal and are disturbed by them. They want their obsessions to stop and they are suffering from having to perform compulsions, but are unable to stop them on their own.

Myth 3- People with OCD just need to calm down.

Individuals with OCD are suffering and don’t want to feel the way they are feeling.  They are having intrusive thoughts that are causing them anxiety. They realize their thoughts don’t make sense, but can’t stop the thoughts or stop feeling anxious because of them. They then perform compulsions which can mean they then avoid people, places, or situations and/or spend hours of their day performing rituals.

Greater Washington Anxiety Solutions wants you to know that relief from OCD is possible. If you want to learn more about OCD, and its treatment please contact Leila Jelvani, LMSW at leila@anxietydmv.com or 301-365-2040.

Leila Jelvani