My Experiences with OCD: A Case Study
Adele (24) has been experiencing OCD symptoms for around 5 years now, since she was 19 years old. Her symptoms revolve around OCD obsessions with hygiene and cleanliness. Here is her take on how she is affected by her OCD symptoms.
Obsessions and CompulsionsLike OCD sufferers in general, her obsession with cleaning has taken over her life. “I clean even if it looks tidy and it needs to smell like Dettol or bleach. It has driven me mental though because I can’t control the urge, and there are days when I am tired or have things to do but am late due to cleaning. I can clean for hours and there have been days when I’ve got up at 7 in the morning and not stopped until midnight. As I am particular and specific, thankfully it’s only my own house that I’m like this in - although in my head, I’m thinking ‘I’d love to clean that’ when I’m elsewhere. I had a job cleaning high class apartments and loved making them look like new. I gained big satisfaction but sometimes if I ran out of time and it wasn’t done to my high standards, I would be upset about it.”
How Others ReactOCD can have a big impact on relationships and Adele has found that other people haven’t been that understanding about her condition. “Everything has a place but my ex would leave his stuff in other places and my blood would boil. I’d even cry as it felt like I had so much work to do. My friends think I’m a control freak and don’t understand it.”
Knowing other OCD sufferers also helps Adele to feel that she’s not alone with her OCD symptoms. “I know someone who also has OCD, although theirs is more compulsive than obsessive. They give me support and it does help that someone knows exactly what I’m going through and how to take me.”