A Comprehensive Infographic on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Probably right about when a researcher thought it would be perfection to add “sex” on the OCD symptoms list, so that all the letters of the alphabet are in one place. It is not about that, though. Otherwise the question among specialists wouldn’t be whether you have OCD or not, but how severe it is?

We’ve all seen at least one episode of Monk, so we have an idea of how this disorder expresses itself and we might be able to recognize it. We are already familiar with Monica from Friends, so we know OCD does not discriminate among men or women. However, despite the fact that some people might show signs of OCD, subjects alike the above mentioned ones form only 2% of the worldwide population. But, what else do we know about it? OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is in fact an unwanted thought, idea or wish, which can turn into habits.

We’ve been told that it takes 21 days to make a habit out of a repeated OCD drivenaction. However, if you find yourself washing your hands daily, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have OCD, but that you really enjoy staying clean and sanitized. How is that any different from the OCD symptom? Well, first there’s the idea, the obsession over recurrent thoughts that you might get an infection, do something wrong, or lead to unfortunate events just because you missed on things you could have done better. Then, comes the action, the compulsion to do things in such a way that eliminates the distress caused by unwanted thoughts. So, you start scrubbing your hands, clean more thoroughly, organize the wardrobe by color, or the bookstore by size. Hell, I know it, because I do it. It still isn’t OCD, apparently, but it might have a connection. You can test it out here.

So, what about sex then? Where do we draw the line between healthy, normal sex and compulsion? The idea of love making exists in both cases. The action that follows, the same, either you speak about intercourse or mere caressing. So far, so good. But where do we lose it? That’s right. It’s the recipient. It’s not about what you do, but who you do it to: a cat, a child, your boss… If you feel like you cannot help but touch them, now things can be the opposite of ok, and attract bad consequences: labeling, imprisonment, loss of a job… Could then this be OCD? Think about it. You might have figured it out.

After all, actions do define who you are, and what you are experiencing. For more details on OCD, check out the infographic below.