Hi! I have OCD.

Hi. My name is Justin. I have OCD. Let’s talk about it. OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, has four main components.

1. Obsessions. Obsessions are recurring unwanted or disturbing thoughts or images that cause anxiety.

2. Compulsions. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that one engages in to alleviate the anxiety caused by the obsessions.

3. Avoidance. Suffers of OCD avoid situations that might trigger their obsessions or compulsions.

4. Disorder. When the obsessions, compulsions, and avoidance behaviors consume excessive time and energy and disrupt normal daily activities, they become disorderly.

When I was a child, every night before I went to bed I would incessantly flick the outside knob of my bedroom door before shutting it. This was to check to make sure it was unlocked. If the handle on the outside of the door turned that meant the door was unlocked. If it didn’t, however, that meant it was locked. If the door was locked, that meant that if there was a fire during the night, my parents wouldn’t be able to open the door to save me.

I recognize this now as an obsessive compulsive pattern. The obsession was the thought that I might die in a housefire. To alleviate the anxiety caused by this thought I engaged in the compulsive behavior of checking the door knob to make sure the door was unlocked.


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