By now you’ve all heard about the controversy that is the Target Christmas Sweater debacle of 2015. People have been up in arms about the offensive sweater that ostensibly makes light of a serious mental illness, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD. And, it is a serious illness. I would know. I have it. I’ve had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for as long as I can remember, and although my memories in the womb are a little foggy, I’m pretty sure I had it back then, too. It’s brought me to crippling lows....more
These days, I have it under control pretty well with medications. But it was some scary stuff back then. If my child ever had any of these problems that I have? Well, I feel like I would never forgive myself, that it would somehow be my fault. What if he found out about my condition, what if he found out about the thoughts? I feel like I might die if that happened.
Anxiety and OCD: It's nearly impossible to separate the two disorders since they feed on each other. It's because we're anxious that we form obsessions and compulsions, and though we feel that obsessing and participating in our compulsions will somehow give us control over our lives and make us feel better, they end up having the reverse effect. These obsessive compulsive tendencies actually end up making us feel more anxious. It's an ugly, vicious, poisonous cycle....more