What the Letters “OCD” Really Mean

OCD doesn’t mean what you think. Let's find out the truth.

Imagine for a moment that you’re at home, having fun doing your favorite hobby, when all of a sudden, a big guy breaks down your door, puts a gun to your temple, and tells you to start doing things. He whispers malevolently in your ear that if you don’t do what he’s asking, he’s going to kill your loved ones, kill you, or make you so violently uncomfortable for the rest of your life that death will seem like a pleasant alternative.

How would you feel in this situation? My guess is electric fear would be coursing through your veins. You’d feel your terror palpably: heart pounding, hands sweating, limbs shaking. Your mouth would become dry, your vision would narrow, and your thinking would focus on one and only one thing: staying alive.

QuizzClub team expresses gratitude to the QuizzClub Member Heather Nicely and the Author of the article Shala Nicely.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Thank you so much for sharing this informative article with us. Your personal experiences shed a much-needed light upon a truly misunderstood and potentially devastating condition. God bless you as you continue your therapy and receive an ever increasing method to successfully confront and address the effects of this illness. Wishing you much happiness and peace always!
Jul 6, 2017 9:38PM
Evelyn Dania Cooke
Yes, my ex husband had it to a degree. He was always late because he's go back 15 times to make sure he'd locked the door, or he'd spend 20 minutes trying to park the car dead centre of the parking bay. I was happy to see this article because I'm so tired of nonsense like Do you have a spelling OCD? As if being able to spell correctly was some sort of mental illness.
Jul 6, 2017 6:26PM
Summer Hall
It meant exactly what I thought it meant...obsessive compulsive disorder... Who comes up with these titles??
Jul 6, 2017 4:57PM
Janice Marler
My daughter ( 38) has this disorder . It was first diagnosed when she was about 15 or 16. She did get into drugs and is in a Methadone program at present. OCD is awful and debilitating. It should not be taken lightly. Thank you for sharing.
Jul 6, 2017 10:49PM
Pattie Cangelosi
My husband has OCD and it is very frustrating to live with i can tell you.
Dec 21, 2022 11:16PM
I think everyone knows what OCD stands for. But not everyone realizes how devastating this condition is.
Jul 9, 2022 4:26PM
Thanx for shedding light on the OCD syndromes.
Jan 13, 2022 6:59PM
I know so many who suffer from this...maybe, me, as well. I wish patients in the future all of the luck and blessings to get the help that they need.
Oct 22, 2021 6:23PM
Point Blank and Check! There is nowhere near enough resources available to research, much less treat mental illness. Because as detailed as this article was, it only shined a tiny beam into the darkness of mental illness. First and foremost. Mental illness itself does not hurt. Ignorance, and misinformation, that hurts! Consider this too. Those of us that are seeking help from our conditions are attempting to get better. Those of you that are not seeking assistance. Are you sure you do not need it? NOW! Who is crazy?
Jan 18, 2020 5:08PM
Awesome article. Thank you for sharing
Dec 12, 2019 10:47PM
Thank you, and yes, I also thought it was no big deal. Useful information.
Nov 20, 2019 1:21PM
Thank you for such insight into this condition.
Nov 5, 2019 9:15PM
NO....this explanation is far more intense than I have EVER experienced....witnessed or otherwise....
Oct 17, 2019 8:51PM
OCD lives in my home X2
Apr 18, 2019 9:19PM
This is a very interesting and informative article. I did not know that OCD is such a serious , debilitating disorder. Thank you very much for sharing this with us all, it is always so important to stay informed and learn about topics like this.
Feb 24, 2019 7:07AM
Susan Packham
This was really interesting and explained so well that I will never flippantly use the expression OCD again.Thank you.
Feb 11, 2019 2:56AM
Elaine Forrester
Most people don’t even have a clue how deadly and devastating OCD is. The Synapses in an individual’s brain with OCD are not working properly. People who don’t have this should thank their lucky stars. This affliction completely ruined my life from age 20 to 30. I lost 10 years - then got Prozac. People with this disorder have above average intelligence.
Dec 24, 2018 1:29AM
Elaine Forrester
Yes, very much so....Linda Rayner,
Dec 24, 2018 1:18AM
Elaine Day
yes it does stand for what I thought it did!!
Oct 8, 2018 4:23PM

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