We here at Massive Phobia want to help end the stigma of mental health issues, and today we’re going to discuss Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and five things that those who battle it want you to know.
OCD affects approximately 1 percent of American adults in a given year, can cause debilitating physical and emotional symptoms. Yet many people treat it as a punchline rather than a medical condition. Hopefully, our top 5 list will help you see things in a different light.
(Warning: This might be triggering for some with the condition.)
1. OCD is more than hand washing and cleanliness.
To many people battling OCD, describing a sufferer as a person who likes a clean house is insulting and hurtful. Those who battle OCD are real people living real lives who have a constant loop of unwanted thoughts in their heads.
2. OCD is draining.
Have you ever been stuck on the same thought that’s ruminating in your head over and over haunting you? No? For those battling OCD, this is a constant reality and it’s beyond draining.
3. OCD causes all kinds of distressing habits.
There are many offshoots to having OCD. Sometimes the behaviors are conscious (staring in the bathroom mirror for an hour trying to pluck any stray eyebrow hair) and sometimes they can be stress or anxiety related, which can even be triggered by boredom.
4. Simply supporting an individual with OCD means everything.
To help end stigma, a person with OCD just wants to be understood and accepted. They want others to be patient with them and also want others to know that some of their actions or reactions have nothing to do with someone else.
5. You may not even realize someone is dealing with the condition.
You will most likely not realize or pay enough attention to notice that someone’s battling from OCD as life isn’t the movies. It’s an invisible illness mostly and those who are battling OCD are trying to live their life to their fullest despite it all.
OCD is a real mental health condition and shouldn’t be trivialized or used as a punchline for a joke. It wreaks havoc on the life of many Americans and it’s time we stop stigmatizing it, as for the person battling OCD, it’s real with real effects.
If you or a loved one you know battles with Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.