Tuesday, 30 March 2010
I have had obsessive compulsive disorder since I can remember.
It's nothing huge. For me, it doesn't interfere with my life. For my family, that's another story:
I have to have the volume on an even number. Say, I'm in the backseat and my sister is driving, she gets impatient because she can't focus on what number the radio falls on while driving. So, the fact that I pester her about it really gets under her skin, so she puts it on an uneven number anyway then has a fit when I keep complaining. What's the big deal? Why can't she just do that for me?
When it comes to food I cannot touch another person's food with my bare hands (no matter what they say) or else I will start to think that they think my hands are dirty and they will later throw out that food and get new stuff. Just because I touched it with my bare hands. The "sanitary" issue.
Can't touch anything with my bare hands. Germs are everywhere.
Can't shake their hands because they all have germs but I can't be rude and not shake their hands, so I do. Then I wipe my hand on my jeans a thousand times over.
The list goes on but I'll stop there.
Do any of you suffer from nagging, obsessive, intrusive thoughts similar (or totally opposite) to mine? How does your family handle it? If you're a parent with an obsessive-compulsive child, how do YOU handle it?