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    Sunday, February 1, 2009

    Are you OC

    Hello world. Lemme ask you something. Are you constantly checking to see if the doors are locked, the lights are off, or are you pestered by inappropriate thoughts? Well, then, find out if you're suffering from OCD!!! Ohhkay, it's not like I'm scaring you off or something..

    OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive disorder, which is a mental disorder btw. It is most commonly characterized by repetitive thoughts resulting in compulsive behaviors & mental acts that the person feels driven to perform.

    So, while some of us are unaware of this disorder, here's a brief 411 for y'all. Symptoms may include the following:
    • Repeated hand washing. This is related to the fear of contamination by germs or infection with body secretions or after touching anything they consider dirty. ( And lemme tell ya, I do this more than often. I even sanitize every single minute I touch something. & lemme fill ya in a lil sumfin, during my intern days at the hospital, there's this one doctor who always uses a tissue to turn the door knobs. LOL. He is soooo freakiiin' OC!)
    • Repeated clearing of the throat, although nothing may need to be cleared.
    • Specific and unusual counting systems such as always counting in groups of 5. Stopping every 12 steps, making sure everything comes in pairs, etc.
    • Rearranging objects in a rigid manner.
    • Having to “cancel out” bad thoughts with good thoughts like replacing sexual thoughts with non-sexual ideas.
    • Continuous worry about specific activities such as sleeping and eating without “required items”, such as inability to sleep without a specific blanket.
    • A need both sides of the body to feel even. What was performed by the left hand must also be done by the right. In some cases, the preference is not for evenness but for only one side of the body doing action.
    • An obsession with numbers. For example, some OCD sufferers are obsessed with even numbers while loathing odd numbers.
    • Twisting the head on a toy round, then twisting it all the way back exactly in the opposite direction.
    • A habit to check everything multiple times. This includes things like checking that you have locked your car several times, turning the lights on and off a number of times to check if they are really off or checking if the door is locked. They usually realize that their obsessions are irrational.
    The phrase "obsessive-compulsive" has become part of the English lexicon, and is often used in an informal or caricatured manner to describe someone who is meticulous, perfectionistic, absorbed in a cause, or otherwise fixated on something or someone.Although these signs are often present in OCD, a person who exhibits them does not necessarily have OCD, and may instead have obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) or some other condition.