Ocd Stereotypes

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations, or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something. There are many different forms of OCD such as checking and contamination.. People affected by the many types of OCD have to contend with overcoming them to live a normal life, but they should not have to deal with society’s incorrect stereotypes as well. One common type of OCD is checking. According to “The Different Types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” sponsored by OCD-UK, the need to check is the compulsion, and the obsessive fear might be to rule out damage, fire, leaks or harm. For example, one might check the locks on their house multiple times before they leave…show more content…
The most common stereotypes about this mental illness are that “people with OCD are neat and tidy and OCD can be diagnosed with a brain scan” (“OCD Types”). These are very far from the truth. According to “OCD Types”, “..two thirds of people are also hoarders, which means that they accumulate so many unneeded items that the junk gets in the way of living space.” From a personal experience, this seems to be very true. Not all patients are ,“neat and tidy” some are far from so. Also, doing a brain scan on someone to detect OCD is nearly impossible. One would have to meet with a mental health professional and be diagnosed that way (“OCD Types”).
Many people do not fully understand OCD. They make judgements based on what they think they know about the ones with this disorder. Even though people should not care about what others think, many people with the disorder do care and it tends to affect them in the long run. Negative stereotypes and stereotypes in general seem to affect people more than others think. People should stop assuming they know about this mental illness until they study it and understand
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