Here’s the definition of Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) according to Google:
OK, that’s pretty much what most people know about OCD. However, have you ever wonder why can’t people with OCD stop their repetitive behaviors? This user from Reddit shared a perfect analogy that his friend with OCD came up with:
A friend of mine has OCD pretty bad. Well, one day I asked him, “Why don’t you just not go through with your ticks? You know nothing bad will happen.”
So he says, “I see where you’re coming from, but let me show you something.”
So he grabs a sheet of paper, and tells me to write the name of my parents and any siblings I may have. I write down the name of my mom, my dad, and my little brother.
Then, he tells me to flip the paper over, and write out entirely: I want these people to die.
I told him no, I didn’t want to do that. He asked me why I didn’t want to, of course nothing bad will happen.
I immediately got the point he was trying to make. Yeah, I knew nothing bad was going to happen, but did I want to jinx it? No.
This is eye-opening.
Let others know what OCD is really like: