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Last edited at 10:52PM on 9/23/2012
I don't know anything about you or your diagnosis, but OCD is really hip right now, and a lot of (mostly suburban white) people are appropriating the term because they want to have a thing. I'm not saying that this is you, but the fact that the term gets thrown around so much may have confused you as to what actually constitutes OCD. OCD is a disorder that is characterized by obsessive thoughts that often lead to thoroughly unnecessary rituals that are believed to set the universe right. As with all psychological disorders, it is totally irrational and that is what makes it unhealthy. Being annoyed by so many people's embarrassing ignorance or refusal to abide by English spelling and grammar that would only serve to make them better communicators, much more likely to land better jobs doesn't make you OCD. It makes you aware, observant, and more disciplined, as you actually paid attention in grade school, when we were all taught these basic elements of our language. And there are real consequences for people misusing the words you listed. Our thoughts are only as good as the way we express them. We can't see inside each other's heads, so we have to communicate our thoughts clearly. The meaning of a sentence can be obscured by even one letter. And even if I do understand that a person meant "their" instead of "there" they sent me a message in their incorrect homophone, and it is not a positive one. Many of the people who eschew grammar, spelling, and punctuation, whether out of ignorance or laziness, often get all sour grapes about grammar and usage, and cite some misguided, adolescent iconoclasm for being such poor communicators. That's their problem and their baggage, not yours.
I know OCD is hard, I went and still kind of go through it. People who suffer through it don't necessarily suffer it EXACTLY through the same things. It's pretty annoying when people mix those things up and everyone gets bothered by it.
People with obsessive compulsive disorder are naturally perfectionists, critical, organized, clean / hygienic and tidy. Absolutely every aspect in their lives must be logical, in order and perfect - it's totally normal to be like that.
Well, hi, dvdprincess. I have a form of OCD also and it can affect people in many ways, honey. Those kind of things get to me also, but I just try to laugh at myself and get over them. But the things that REALLY bother me, you could probably laugh at yourself and get over, too. I also know what it's like to have something that just annoys the heck out of you until you just want to scream. I work with a therapist because I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, so she tries to help me with this also. If this were my exact problem, I would TRY to work on thinking, "Life is a war, and this is just a battle. I'm going to pick my battles and this one isn't worth it. There are more important things." Now please understand, honey, I'm not taking away any of your feelings. They are SO real. This is just how she's worked with me and it has helped me so much. It's just a suggestion, that's all. I hope it helps. You'll be in my thoughts!