If you describe yourself as “so OCD” chances are you aren’t. People with OCD don’t describe the disorder that way. They describe it as a painful, insidious illness that hijacks their thoughts and holds them ransom until they pay up with compulsion after compulsion. It isn’t a meme, an adjective or a joke. It is a debilitating and common disorder that impacts 1 out of every 200 children.
The most misunderstood issue in my therapy practice is childhood OCD. I have lost count of how many parents I have talked to who completely misinterpret their children’s OCD behaviors. These are caring, well intentioned parents. Parents who have been bombarded with media images of stereotypical, one dimensional characters who distort and simplify OCD. [Click here to listen to my podcast episode on this topic] […]