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It’s one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It’s far beyond washing your hands and being tidy. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.
Many people use the term “OCD” incorrectly by describing someone who keeps a clean house or repeatedly washes their hands. The truth is that by saying someone is “OCD” when they haven’t been diagnosed with the disorder downplays the severity of the illness.
One sufferer of OCD says,
OCD is seen as one of the 10 most disabling illnesses by the World Health Organization, why then do we use such a serious illness to describe the way some people like being tidy or organized?
Lack of awareness and more importantly, education causes people to misunderstand the disorder and even go years being undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and untreated.
The same person with OCD explains,
It took me almost eight years before being correctly diagnosed. Why? [Could it be a] lack of personal understanding? Professional workers failing to recognize the symptoms? Embarrassment for having such thoughts? It was a mixture.
So what can you do? Start by educating yourself and others about the truth surrounding OCD. You can start by watching our original series on OCD with Dr. Jenny Yip, Freedom From OCD.
I'm Kyle Kittleson, and remember - whatever you're going through, you got this.
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