Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes repeated unwanted thoughts or sensations (obsessions) or the urge to do something over and over again (compulsions). Some of us, like myself, have had both and I have dealt with both. When I was younger, I often checked the stove, doors, and windows, many, many times. In several instances, I had missed interviews and doctor appointments due to my OCD. But, OCD is not me, only a part of me.
A real example is one day in my early twenties, I woke around 9am for a 12pm therapy appointment. I would do my daily rituals, including brushing my teeth for about 15 minutes or until I was satisfied that all plaque was removed. Also, wow, it took me a long time to decide which shirt to wear. While getting dressed, I would start to make sure the stove was off. After 20, 30, or more times, I used to check that damn oven, and then I’d hear my therapist stating that if I was sure that the oven was shut off before I went to sleep, plus I did not put it on this morning, then the oven is very definitely off.
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