I am a bit OCD

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By definition OCD means:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions).*

I never thought of myself to have OCD but slowly with time I have found all of my little obsessions. Thankfully these obsessions do not interfere with my daily life. Yes, I often feel uneasy, as if I have forgotten something very important, if I completely disregard them, but my day goes just fine even if I don’t pay attention to my obsessions.

So, what makes me OCD?

There are more ways than none that make me OCD. It basically surrounds itself on symmetry, color, and numbers (sort of).

Symmetry

For example, the mantel in my living room has to be symmetrical. This doesn’t mean that I have to have the same items on the left as on the right, but more of the same amount on each side. If there is no room for symmetry, like with books, I have to display them by size, from biggest to smallest.

I never found this to be an obsession but more of the design bug in me.

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My light switches also make an appearance in my daily OCD obsessions. They either have to be all up or all down, which is usually impossible because I don’t want all my lights to be on. If there is a way to make them all point towards the same directions I will move all switches. You might say this is my least OCD obsession of them all.

 

Color

I simply have to have everything color coded. If I have the same item in different colors I have to have them in color order, which makes them looks like a pretty rainbow!! We have the kid plates form IKEA, which means that my covers all looks nice and pretty and all color coded!! From pink to navy blue.

I also do this every time I play cars with my boys. I always choose cars that I can arrange by color, one of each.

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Just like with symmetry,  I often thought this was just my love for design speaking out loud. But I was clearly wrong. Why? Well, a few days back I decided to choose all blue cars…and I just had to arrange them from darkest to lightest. I had to! So OCD.

 

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Numbers.

This is a silly one. It involves my TV, the remote, and the volume. When I am in control of the remote, aka when my husband is not watching TV, the volume goes either 5 points up or 5 points down.

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There is no way I can let the TV volume be simply 13. It has to be either 10 or 15, not 13 or 14. It is just odd. And I have tried to leave the volume on 13 but it simply bugs me to no end. I could try to ignore it but it just feels odd and my anxiety kicks in to the point where I have to go fix the volume even if this means I have to stop doing whatever I am doing.

How do I deal with my OCD?

OCD has responded to psychotherapy and medications or a combination of the two, I’ve tried doing a little bit of both. However, I’m not a fan of psychiatric medications so I began to look for alternatives and read about successful clinical trials done with cannabis compounds. My first thought was; is CBD legal? The first thing I did was to make sure it was allowed in my state and luckily it was. I’ve been very satisfied with the results, I no longer take any other type of medications and the people close to me have noticed I’m not as anxious anymore. As a person who suffers from OCD and has tried several options I truly recommend you to give it  try and see how it works out for you.

Silly but, hey, that’s me!

 

Are you OCD in any way?

 

* Excerpt taken from Mayo Clinic‘s website.

51 Comments
  • Wendy
    November 2, 2012

    I used to just think I was anal because I have to have things certain ways or I get very upset but over the years have come to realize that I’m OCD as well. Some things just have to be just so and that’s just the way it is lol Glad I’m not the only one!

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      I think we all have some level of OCD. And I forgot to add clothes in hangers to my post!! All my clothes have to face left…I’ve been known to switch my husband’s when he hangs his shirts…it simply drives me nuts!! And ditto: “Some things just have to be just so and that’s just the way it is”

  • ang
    November 2, 2012

    Great post – I think everyone is OCD in someway or another, you know? I smiled about the cars thing because I do the same thing when I play with my son. 🙂
    Happy Friday!

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      I would say almost everyone: my husband doesn’t have any little obsessions (he actually picks on me for mine), my 4 y/o is very particular about his toys, specially his cars, my 3 y/o has the same light switch thingy as I do!

  • Motherhood on the Rocks
    November 2, 2012

    I think people often mistake neatness and the need for order and symmetry with OCD. I’m not saying you are, especially since you said certain things cause you to feel intense anxiety. But the defining difference between a “need for order” and OCD is the “D” – disorder. As in the following excerpt, people who suffer from OCD “experiences significant, life-impairing anxiety.” I developed postpartum OCD after the birth of my daughter. I have OCD. I am not OCD, since you can’t be a disorder. My need for cleanliness and order affects me to the point that I’m fearful something terrible will happen if things aren’t as they should be and will often perform a “compulsion” to the point of desperation, driving me to break down in tears. I’ve been in treatment for 2 years – all people who have OCD need treatment to live a semi-normal life. It’s not something you can simply ignore. I truly hope you don’t suffer from OCD – it’s one of the most misunderstood and debilitating disorders. But if you do (if any of your readers do), they can get treatment and there are a lot of wonderful meds that can help. They should talk to their doctor to develop a treatment plan.

    From everydayhealth.com:
    Some of the confusion has to do with the terms themselves. “Obsessive” refers to a personality trait describing someone who thinks and worries a lot. “Compulsive” is also a personality trait, indicating someone who is hyper-organized, detail-oriented, with perfectionist tendencies. The “D” in OCD refers to “disorder”; this indicates that a person experiences significant, life-impairing anxiety. When obsessive or compulsive preferences are interrupted, it might annoy a person, but not cause them extreme, unyielding anxiety as is seen with OCD.
    http://www.everydayhealth.com/anxiety-disorders/experts-do-neat-freaks-have-ocd.aspx

    If you’d like to read my story about my struggles with OCD, you can do so here: http://motherhoodontherocks.com/my-story-a-woman-shattered/. I am not a doctor, just a woman who has been there. Is there. Will probably always be there. But I’m willing to talk to anyone who needs a sympathetic and understanding ear.

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      Thanks so much for your comment!! My little quirks are little but they do cause some anxiety. Fortunately they don’t intervene with my daily life. You are an amazing woman, mother, and wife. The hardest step in life is to seek help (been there, just not with OCD). Keep up the fight! 😀

  • April Wray
    November 2, 2012

    I am OCD about many things! It got really bad once to the point that my Dr wanted to put me on medication for it! I’m not as bad now as I used to be but some things still get to me. I occasionally still go into family’s homes and arrange things, or fix a crooked pic, etc 🙂

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      I’m glad you are doing better. I hate feeling anxious, makes me bite my nails/fingers. 😀

  • JDaniel4's Mom
    November 2, 2012

    My house in chaotic. I think it would dry to up a wall.

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      Ooh, I can color code your house for you! 😀

  • Kristen
    November 2, 2012

    Funny!!!!

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      Tell me about it!! I always try to do these silly things differently but I simply can’t!! And my husband thinks it is pretty funny too!

  • S.O.S. Mom
    November 2, 2012

    Sofia, this is hilarious but I so relate to you! Me it’s my clothes and anything that folds, like linens for example. It has to be ALL folded the same and perfectly! And when I hang the clothes, I make sure it sits evenly on the hanger and gosh, I am obsessed! And a little bit like you, deco objects have to be perfect and symmetrical and at the perfect angle! Crazyness!

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      I am like you with the hangers!! All my clothes have to face left…my husband hangs them facing right…I simply HAVE to turn them around!! We should so be crazy and silly together!! That’d be hilarious!

  • Minta
    November 2, 2012

    My house is really upside down. I could use a little organization. Thanks for sharing…I really never knew what OCD was all about.

  • deb
    November 2, 2012

    I can’t say I have any quirks that I would consider OCD, but my husband makes me crazy with his. We are a good balance for one another 🙂

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      I can so relate!! My husband picks on me for my little OCD silliness!

  • Erica Ardali
    November 2, 2012

    I’m not OCD at all, but my Best friend is. A TON!!!! lol

  • Allyson Bossie
    November 2, 2012

    I am only a little OCD. Mine is more checking, double checking upmteen times checking. I will KNOW I did something, yet I have to check at least 5 times before I can go to sleep. And things like dusting or vacuuming drive me insane. The more I do it, the more dirt or dust I see, sighs.

    • Sofia
      November 2, 2012

      I often wonder around my house with the feeling that I have forgotten to do something…often I can never figure it out!! I hate dusting!! Makes me sneeze!!

  • Heather McD
    November 2, 2012

    I am OCD about home safety. I check windows and doors several times a night to make sure they are closed and locked and curtains or closed. Curtains and blinds have to be closed as soon as it gets dark.

  • Kelly R
    November 2, 2012

    My curtains have to be a certain way…

  • mel
    November 2, 2012

    I am so OCD!! I need to check the alarm three times and go to the bathroom twice every night before hoping in bed. I have been like this most of my life

  • Krystle
    November 2, 2012

    I think we are all OCD in a way. I’m that way with germs for sure!

  • Susan McNeill
    November 3, 2012

    Not me, but my husband. I thought he was the only one in the world with the light switch obsession! LOL

    • Sofia
      November 3, 2012

      There is one in every family…There is two of us obsessing over the light switches at my house!!

  • Kristen
    November 3, 2012

    No one in our family is!

  • LisaLisa
    November 3, 2012

    Great post and i don’t it’s silly in no way shape or form. I’m an OCD person and it’s just me. I check things sometimes five times or more everyday. So your not alone just move over and let me in cause I’m right there with you. LOL

    • Sofia
      November 3, 2012

      Thanks!! I see it as silly to not let it bug me…and sometimes I can’t help but smile at myself when I realize what I am doing!

  • Alisha Kostiuk
    November 3, 2012

    I am OCD about colors. No matter what it is. My closets, shoes, notebooks.

  • Bonnie
    November 3, 2012

    I see I’ve found yet another member of the OCD “club”. I completely understand your fears and thoughts. I’m to the point every item in my frig need to be in a pre appointed spot. Or I go behind whom ever placed said item in the “wrong” spot. Moving it to where I want it to be.

    • Sofia
      November 3, 2012

      LOL, I do the same thing when my husband hangs his clothes!! I always have to switch them around!

  • Cheryl
    November 3, 2012

    There are little things that but me around the house like all of the condiments must be in the door of the fridge. If my husband doesn’t put them back where they came from I get upset. I’m sure I have others but that’s just what I can think of for now. 🙂

  • Meaghean
    November 3, 2012

    I totally understand… I am like this with many things…. Closets are color coded. Dressers are color coded… It all just bothers me to no end… In fact I was even a little bothered by the screw not being totally straight in the picture above… (Hope I didn’t start something)…. My husband hates it… Cause I’m “always fixing things”!!

    • Sofia
      November 3, 2012

      Color coded things look pretty!! And…I didn’t notice the uneven screw…now my mind is begging me to go fix it!! Hahahaha… 😀

  • amber
    November 3, 2012

    nope

  • Amanda @ Survival Guide by The Working Mom
    November 3, 2012

    I think I have a bit of OCD as well… although sometimes I do not think its a bad thing to have. Especially working in the field I work in.

  • Kimberly, The Fur Mom
    November 3, 2012

    The light switches are just aesthetically pleasing.
    The rainbow order of colors is just good sense.

    The numbers just don’t make sense. Everyone knows that the numbers all need to be set at odds, with the exception of the microwave, which is done at 30 second intervals.

    Jeez

    *smile*

  • Sharon
    November 3, 2012

    Now that I think of it – I am!

  • Jessica
    November 3, 2012

    I am so glad I came across this post tonight. It makes me feel slightly “less crazy” even though I believe my OCD tendencies go one step further than yours.

    For instance, I would not be as bothered by your light switch positions as much as I would the one screw that is turned more then the other 5. My mind kept going back to the fact that I needed to get a screwdriver & fix it.

    Another thing has to do with the cars & their colors. Not only do I line them up by color but they have to go in the order of ROYGBIV. If not, it just feels all wrong.

    I’ve gotten used to my ,as I called them, “tendencies” & my husband’s endless teasing about them. However, my son has shown even more intense signs of the this. Not really sure if it would clinically be classified as OCD but the anxiety & intense thoughts/fears/obsessions are there.

    Thank you for sharing!

    -Jessica
    http://www.sugarinmygrits.com

    • Sofia
      November 4, 2012

      I don’t think we are on top of the OCD chart but we are there…I too feel anxious when these little obsessions are not taken care of. But, we just need to take it one step at a time!

      Oh, and I just fixed that screw! 😀

  • Paula Robinson
    November 3, 2012

    I have my little quirks, as does just about everyone I know. I would not call it OCD though. sometimes I think this term gets thrown around like “migraine” when it is just a headache.

    • Sofia
      November 4, 2012

      I think I might have a very mild case because I do get anxious when my obsessions don’t get taken care of. But it is so mild it doesn’t interfere with my daily life…and migraines, they suck!! I get those too…flashing lights, blurred peripheral vision, numbness (did you know your tongue can get numb?!).

  • Kate F.
    November 4, 2012

    I was diagnosed with OCD when I was about nine. It’s difficult to deal with, but therapy and medication help a lot.

  • Stephen N.
    November 4, 2012

    I am the same way with the volume. It needs to end with a 0 or a 5. No exceptions! 🙂

  • Tammy S
    November 4, 2012

    I think most people have a little OCD in them. I am OCD about my pantry. All the labels have to face out, everything has to be rotated and stacked a specific way.

  • Janet W.
    November 7, 2012

    I definitely have OCD in me. Everything I place on a desk, shelf, etc has to be perfectly aligned. My grandson who is almost 3 definitely has some OCD in him. He lines up all of his like toys in a perfectly straight line. He gets very upset if the line gets messed up.

  • Terry (My Journey With Candida)
    November 7, 2012

    I am so with you on the light switches. It drives my Hubs crazy.

  • Amanda Sikes
    November 7, 2012

    Great post. I tend to have LOTS of OCD traits as well.

  • Shelley Gajus
    November 8, 2012

    This is too funny, I am the same way about all of those things. Symmetry is a big one for me, and the numbers thing is similar too – there are just numbers I do not like – I even find this with the thermostat in our house and it has nothing to do with temperature!

  • Carol Smith
    December 1, 2012

    Enjoyed this journal post very much. I think anyone of us can relate to it. In every one of us, whether we consider it a “pet peeve” or an OCD moment, have one thing that we “obsess” over whether we realize it or not.