5 responses to “I Bet It’s Exactly Like That!”

  1. Astrid

    I find it astonishing how mental illness is so often treated as a cultural problem. A strict, military code might cause OCD in some, as you say, but it is not the same as OCD. A subculture doesn’t have OCD. Individualsmight have OCD, and, in those, it is probably triggered by a multitude of factors including possibly strict army regulations.

  2. Vic

    Ugh, I hate, hate, HATE when people misunderstand mental health conditions and get them completely wrong! It’s bad enough when it’s just a misconception but it’s worse when people label a person or behavior.

  3. Kali

    I have a VERY mild case of OCD, and it sure as hell isn’t a helpful thing that’d get me a job!

    Having to get up repeatedly to check that the door really is locked? Not fun. Having to either drive home from school/work or have the idea that the door is not locked hanging over my head all day? Not useful! (Especially not when it has on occasion caused me to forget what I was going to say in class or at work and instead get a bit of a spaced out look and say, “I’m sorry, I just realized I don’t think I locked my front door.”)

    I’m very glad that my main compulsion does not involve self-harm, as I imagine that would be even harder to deal with. Which is not to say it’s a ‘safe’ compulsion – when I’m having trouble with my joints due to my physical disability, the urge to check the door can be vary between painful and outright dangerous (depending on how bad the joints are and whether I need to go down the stairs to get to the door). And when the compulsion hits so hard that I want to throw a u-turn on a busy street and race back home to make sure the door is locked? Yeah, that’s not exactly safe either.

    Blast. Just talking about this has one of my lesser compulsions jumping up. The bookcase is a mess and out of order (first by genre, then alphabetically by author, and finally by order in the series, not order in which they were written, which throws off the boyfriend and the aide, as they do not know what order the books happen in). And my back isn’t in any kind of shape for me to spend half an hour fixing the book case. Damn it.


  4. Kali

    Yeah, as I said, I’m very, VERY thankful that my compulsions are…if not harmless, certainly not as potentially harmful as they could be. I can only imagine how difficult things like self-harm obsessions must be. The most dangerous one I have comes when I’m manic, and I get this almost irresistable urge to do [ableist language redacted] dangerous things in the car, like drive off embankments and throw u-turns on the freeway and so on. Those scare the pants off me, and I usually end up getting home ASAP and curling up in a ball crying because I am so exhausted from resisting the urge.

    I’ve actually done almost no therapy on it, because…well, I tend to have bigger issues to tackle when I’m seeing a therapist. I don’t think about the OCD existing except when it’s acting up, which rarely coincides with seeing a therapist. And thus, me my mild OCD stumble along untreated, and…well, other than a lot of stress, I get by without much damage. I dunno what they’d do with me even if I tried therapy for it, as my OCD is so very mild. And oh yeah, trying to do desensitization stuff with it? It stresses me into back spasms and migraines. Hurrah for overlapping and counter-indicating disabilities!