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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Summer Hall
It meant exactly what I thought it meant...obsessive compulsive disorder... Who comes up with these titles??
Jul 6, 2017 4:57PM
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
Nell Taylor Wall
I am so glad they presented this article for us. I have heard the phrase OCD but had no idea what it stood for. I have known people with OCD but did not know this was what it was called.
Jul 6, 2017 7:26PM
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
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
Barry Hecht
Thank you for sharing the OCD information. I have had it my whole life... retired now and free of it with therapy and the correct psychiatrist recommendations.
Jul 7, 2017 12:27AM
WOW! What a painful condition. Thank you for the explanation Quizz folks.
Jul 7, 2017 3:19AM
Ralph Ricapito
Interesting and informative.
Jul 7, 2017 9:39AM
Sheryll Aleskus
Yes, I have a granddaughter who had dealt with this since she was very little. Fortunately she has been in treatment for the last six years. This article is important for people to read and understand. It is a scary disorder. But my granddaughter is doing well and is headed to college this fall.
Jul 7, 2017 8:09PM
Pat Davis
Too bad I don't have OCD to have the house perfectly clean! Sigh......
Jul 8, 2017 6:13PM
Criona Walsh
Thanks for sharing
Jul 8, 2017 7:06PM
Steve Dunaway
All of us have issues. Deal with them and move on.
Jul 9, 2017 1:40AM
My mom had OCD and it was terrible growing up. Little things that were out of order would cause her to go into a panic or a terrible rage. Dishes had to be organized in the cuboards. Food was placed in containers and lined up by size and shape. Even towels and sheets needed to be folded the "correct way" if a glass or dish was left in the sink, my mom would threaten to kill us. I was scolded for hours for leaving the cap of the toothpaste! or not placing the lid on tight enough. i was cursed at and hit fo wearing muddy shoes.... Everyday i walked on eggshells and my childhood was spent cleaning and organizing the house for hours and hours. Abolustly nothing could be out of place..... the house was to remain spotless at all times...... it caused me a great deal of stress
Jul 9, 2017 2:54PM
Maqsood Baluch
Jul 11, 2017 2:04AM
I have a good friend, who has OCD. She works as a Grocery Checker, at the U-Scan, at a local Grocery Store. Every night, when she's closing the Scanners down, and she's removing the money from them, she has to check the compartment the bills are in, 5, or 6, times, to make sure she didn't leave any of them in there. If I'm there, when she's closing the machines down, she'll even have me look, to make sure there's nothing left, in the bill compartment. That's just one of her OCD's...She has several more. She says it drives her crazy, that she's this way. She is on medication, and it helps some.
Jul 11, 2017 10:19AM


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