Individuals who are not educated inpsychology-and supposedly they make up the majority-believe that psychologicaldisorders manifest themselves in anti-social behaviors, autistic behaviors,strange passions, or in similar ways. But what if many of the people around,who are considered normal, even friends and family members actually suffer frompsychological disorders. What if a person is obsessed and locked-up in theprison of their own mind. “I am talking about” OCD: obsessive-compulsivedisorder. The term “OCD” is routinely used incasual conversation to label someone who may be extremely detailed withspecific tasks or their daily routines. Everybody has strange mannerisms suchas avoiding sponges, organizing closets by color, organizing the symmetry ofworks desks, or refusing to touch the restroom door in public, but these habitsshould not be confused with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
OCD is oftenmisunderstood as a disorder that simply means being overly detailed or havingOCPD (obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder)/being a perfectionist, whichare not the same things as OCD. OCD can be debilitating for individuals who,for example, have difficulty turning in assignments on time, “pullall-nighters” perfecting essays, reading and re-reading the same paragraph, thesame sentence until he or she feels it sounds right and looks right and willcontinue do to so without understanding why. OCD is often characterized byobsessive, unwanted, and repeated thoughts, feelings, images, and sensationswhich can lead to engaging in mental acts or behaviors in response to thethoughts or obsessions. (Citenimh) Though OCD is more than just excessive cleaning. Obsessivethoughts are intrusive and distressing to individuals by drasticallyinterfering with their daily activates.
For example, OCD may cause thoughtsthat are centered on orderliness, cleanliness, symmetry, safety, and doubtone’s own thoughts, perceptions, and SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder/Phobia) (psychology today) OCD and SAD are one-in-the-same asboth are anxiety disorder that can render someone disabled. Some individualsare so distressed about engaging in social situations that it interferes withtheir daily life. (beyond OCD.org). Forexample, a certain individual may find it very difficult to work in a classsetting and even though they choose to sit in the back of the room they arestill anxious, making it hard for them to work in a group or get anything donewhile present. This is not the individual’s fault, which most fail to understand,sometimes it is more than just being shy and the scrutinizing of other studentsand teachers only make it worse.
Though it may appear as if the individual ispurposely slacking off in class and not turning in assignments there is more toit. (beyond OCD.org) Obsessive-compulsive PersonalityDisorder (OCPD) or being a perfectionist should not be compared to OCD as theyare completely different diagnoses. OCPD may be described a perfectionist, oras someone who pays excessive attention to detail resulting in a poor work-lifebalance, rigidity, stubbornness and a preoccupation with lists and tasks thatcause the individual to lose sight of the big picture. The main difference between OCD and OCPD isthat an individual may not think they have a problem, while individuals withOCD are aware that their thoughts and actions are abnormal or irrational.