OCD vs. Perfectionism

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where you feel the overwhelming need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly or have certain thoughts repeatedly.

The obsessions create such an anxiety in your mind where you feel if you don’t carry out these actions something bad will happen. OCD can take over someone’s life to point that it stops them leading a full, happy and productive life.

OCD is a real condition that deserves compassion and understanding. Which is why it’s so frustrating when people who haven’t got the condition say they have.

There are so many people who say things like: “Oh I’m so OCD…” But in actual fact they haven’t got it, they’re just perfectionists who have extremely high standards when it comes to certain things.

Perfectionists can get hung up on things like, how well they did at work that day, if their outfit matches their nails, or if they got all the creases out the shirt they ironed. Yes, they like things a certain way and they will do what they have to to achieve that. But they don’t have the irrational, excessive thoughts that come with wanting things a certain way like OCD sufferers do.

Perfectionists choose to do things in a particular way and it doesn’t affect their quality of living or interfere with their everyday routine. People with OCD have to do things a particular way and it affects their life in so many ways.

If you’re concerned that you may have OCD it’s important to get help especially if it’s having a significant impact on your life. You’re not alone and there are support groups and websites like OCD Action which can help.

It’s so important we all recognise the seriousness of OCD and how it affects people and help spread awareness. By doing this hopefully people will understand and refrain from misusing a serious illness as a word to describe their personal traits.


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