OCD myth #1 debunked

A lot of people think of OCD as a quirky, but helpful personality trait that makes somebody super organized. They picture things like…

…a color coded closet…

…a clean desk…

…or an organized pantry.

They don’t picture this…

…or this…

Believe me, I much prefer A, B, and C. These fantasies of super organized spaces give me great pleasure. I really like things to be organized and in their place. For most of my life I have prided myself on being clean (not necessarily always super organized, but clean at least). But I definitely enjoy being in other people’s spaces that are super organized (my boyfriend’s house or my next door neighbor’s apartment, for example). I experience a sense of peace and calmness being in organized spaces that are free of clutter. I wish my OCD gave me the “problem” of a super clean home.

But alas, this is not so. My OCD has created messes like D and E. For many people their OCD has nothing to do with color coding their shirts, or perfectly aligning the jars on the pantry shelf. And it can be far more debilitating and disruptive than people realize. Right now, my OCD makes it extremely difficult to function in my own apartment.

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