Rituals. We all have them. You know you do. Most of them are for a reason — you do things in the same order every day because it works. It fits your schedule and your life. But at what point do the rituals become obsessive? I’m no doctor, but I’m going to guess that it happens when your need to do things in the right order, or the right amount of times gets in the way of what is actually happening in your life. Like maybe you can’t catch the bus to school on time some days because you have to triple check that you turned your computer off before you can leave the house. Don’t laugh — OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects 2.2 million American adults – with the disease starting in childhood or adolescence.   So are you wondering exactly what OCD looks like?  Well – no two people are exactly alike, but OCK usually involves either obsessions or compulsions or both.  Obsessions are fixating on something and not being able to let it go.  Like fear of germs or dirt or focusing on sexual or forbidden thoughts or even having a need to have something “just so” or you can’t function.   Compulsions are things you do repeatedly – like hand washing or touching things or counting.

So what do you do if you think you may be getting derailed by OCD?   Talk to someone you trust — your parents, one of your teachers, your doctor.  There is treatment available out there.  Take your life back.

Want more info?   Here’s a few websites:

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

Mayo Clinic – OCD

National Institute of Mental Health

Or you just want a light story about how it could effect your life?   Try Total Constant Order by Criss-Jean Chappell. 

It’s a nice little read that is pretty acurate on how OCD can suddenly take over in times of stress and sort of recede when not needed anymore.   Even if you don’t have OCD it’s a great little story about a girl who moves to a new city and has to figure out how to fit in. 


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