Dear Facebook, Twitter, Internet, and the world:

Remember all those times when you straightened a picture on the wall or fixed a pencil that was pointed in a different direction from the others? Remember when someone around you teased you about being OCD (first of all, you can’t BE OCD; you can HAVE Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)? Remember all those times that you defended your weird behavior with the claim that you were (had) OCD?

Well, guess what, you are not OCD. It isn’t even very likely that you actually have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, because, if you did, it’s not likely something you’d be joking about with such flippancy.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder, another type of disorder that you aren’t really likely to have. If you did, you’d know it (maybe not, but it’s not something you can be ignorant of for long if you do have one). If you were to have OCD, it would be because you are prone to obsessing over things. No, not “omg <insert name of celebrity here> is so hawt i luv him/her sooooo much!!!!!!!!!”, I mean the kind of obsession that fuels stalkers and serial killers. The kind of obsession that distracts you constantly. The brain of a person with OCD sets up defenses against the obsession by giving them the compulsion to do little things (distractions), like counting leaves or bugs or the campaign signs of local politicians. Like fixing pencils and pictures (though the pencils and pictures are often already straight) and closing or opening doors.

The thing that you have is not OCD, but probably a more common disorder (this one a personality disorder rather than an anxiety disorder) called Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD). A lot of people have OCPD, significantly less have OCD, so unless you legitimately have OCD, please stop using it to incorrectly defend your behavior (usually with grammatic inaccuracy, might I add).

I guess it isn’t completely your fault that you weren’t aware of this distinction. In my seventh grade health class, I was taught (by someone with a college degree) that OCD was the thing that OCPD is. Another reason why the public school system of America should be reformed…

P.S. I will eventually blog about this vacation I just went on with my family, but I’m lazy, so no idea when that is going to be.

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