Friday, October 18, 2013

OCD Awareness

It's OCD Awareness Week. I don't think I celebrated it, but I did have occasion to share a little about OCD with online friends.

Someone commented recently on a non-OCD forum that he hates it when people use the phrase "I'm so OCD" as they organize their desktop at work. Based on the conversation, I suspect someone in his life has OCD, but I didn't ask.

I did, however, tell him I agreed, and I noted that I have OCD and it's something that is hard every single day of my life. It led to a brief conversation among several people on the board.

This is the second time I've mentioned my OCD on that forum. I don't really know what people's reactions are, because I know they don't want to pry. But overall, I feel it's been positive.

I would like to comment on my OCD on my personal Facebook page. I would feel fine about 90% of my friends knowing; only a few do. However, in the last year, I've added several workmates to my friends list. I'm still uncomfortable about work people knowing, from an "unknown consequences" point of view.

Which is a shame, but it's just a fact.


  1. Wow good for you for bringing it up on the forum!

    I kind of feel the same way about FB too. The vast majority of people in my life are totally cool about that kind of stuff, but oh boy, a small percentage is not and I'm not sure I want to deal with their reactions, etc. it's not so much that I'm afraid, is that I know it will turn into a big hassle and I'm just too lazy for that at this point!

    Totally get the work thing too. I'd have to think long and hard about whether I'd want to share there.

  2. I'm pretty careful about who I tell, too, even though I have a public blog. I used to post the links on FB, but I stopped for the most part. I just didn't feel comfortable with a small percentage of them.