The flood of listener responses to our "Obsessed with OCD" podcast confirmed one of the major themes of that episode: obsessive-compulsive disorder is highly common and highly misrepresented in popular culture. Offhand jokes about being "so OCD" about loading the dishwasher, organizing book shelves or maintaining a fastidious appearance undercut what it's really like for the estimated 176 million people around the world living with the disorder.
To continue our podcast conversation about how OCD truly impacts people's daily functioning from childhood, here are first-person perspectives Stuff Mom Never Told You listeners diagnosed with the disorder.
Tl;dr: OCD jokes, casual self-diagnosing and Monk references aren't helpful or appreciated.
Listener E. on how a successful woman's habits can easily mask OCD:
Listener Chris on his OCD:
Listener Erin describes being married to someone with OCD:
Listener Scott notes that OCD isn't all about cleanliness:
Listener Rebecca on "pure O:"
Listener Whitney also experiences "pure O:"
Listener J. likens his OCD to superstitions:
Listener T. on her search for a diagnosis:
Listener Abigail describes her OCD treatment:
Listener Katie is tired of fake OCD self-diagnosis:
Likewise, listener M. urges people to take OCD more seriously:
Listen to the podcast: Obsessed with OCD