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OCD, Symptom Rather Than a Syndrome?

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Everything is where it should be, checked at least several times and for a brief moment, there is release, a sense of relaxation.

Sound familiar? Many of us have been jokingly accused of being on the Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum. Or we ourselves might sheepishly acknowledge that we have OCD tendencies when caught in one of our obsessive behaviours. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is more prevalent amongst the general population than we may realise. However, if the behaviours do not interfere with our lives or may even work to our advantage, we learn to live with them.

However, what if OCD isn't a disorder but perhaps a symptom of something else?

First of all, let us look at how OCD shows up, as it is not always as it appears in the mainstream media. OCD can manifest in a variety of ways for different people. There are polarities to how it appears.

For example, some people have to have things in a particular way in a room, or they just can't get comfortable. While other people find having things messy soothing. But if you were to you clean up their mess, they would get very agitated. Also, it can reveal itself in repetitive behaviours such as checking to make sure things are turned off several times.

These are some of the many ways we have created to cope with a level of awareness that nobody gives us any way of dealing with.

It is a way to soothe oneself and ignore a large amount of input that is coming into our brains. OCD is the capacity to know, perceive and receive everything in an 800 to the 8000-mile radius.

Do you find that when someone asks you a question your mind goes blank?

When that occurs for me, it is not that I'm going blank, but instead, I'm getting a download of so much information that I couldn't possibly answer the person back with all the information I have in my head.

So next time someone says ‘Hey you have OCD’. You can just smile and nod and know that what you have is a superpower, not a syndrome.

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