11 Things That Only People With OCD Understand

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder affects nearly 3% of the population, but it's often misunderstood even by those afflicted by it.

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    OCD Is Surprisingly Common!!!

    Did you know that 1 out of every 40 adults and 1 out of every 100 children are afflicted by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

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    OCD Is Not a Joke

    Most film depictions inaccurately portray OCD, and online and IRL memes and gags often minimize the condition to a one-note joke.

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    For instance, this image will irritate some OCD sufferers...

    while not bothering others.

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    Just like an unlocked door will frustrate others...

    while being far-less-meaningful to those who suffer a different variation of OCD.

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    Unwanted Thoughts

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder often brings a host of intrusive, undesired, and, for some, even dangerous thoughts. These thoughts can also cause...

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    Repetitive Behaviors

    ...like re-locking the door, ordered counting, categorizing by color, hand-washing, and other compulsory tasks control the daily lives of millions of people.

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    How OCD Works?

    Most people's brains have spam filters, which empty random thoughts into the trash. People with OCD, however, find their brains overloaded with junk mail.

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    OCD Bundles

    OCD is sometimes paired with other disorders, such as Panic Disorder, AD/HD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (body image issues), and Hoarding Disorder.

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    An Uncertain Cause

    Although the exact cause of OCD unknown, it's believed to stem from communication errors and chemical imbalances within our minds.

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    There Is No Cure

    As it is a mental disorder scientists don't fully understand, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder has no cure, but...

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    There Is Hope!

    OCD sufferers have an array of treatments available, including counseling, medications, holistic treatments, and meditation which helps to escape pointless routines and minimize skipped-record thoughts.

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