May is Mental Health Awareness Month ‚Äď Mental Health Post a Day in May – May 13th – OCD

I have compulsive tendencies but I do not officially have OCD. Sometimes there’s a fine line.

My Loud Whispers of Hope

Obssesive Compulsive Disorder


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.

Signs and Symptoms 

People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships.

Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety. Common symptoms include:

  • Fear of germs or contamination
  • Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm
  • Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
  • Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought. Common compulsions include:

  • Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
  • Ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise‚Ķ

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New Category ~ 14 to Infinity

In¬†this prior post¬†13reasonswhyimhappy, inspired by¬†Virtual Vomit’s Challenge, I was hard pressed to come up with 13 good things in my life. ¬†VERY sad because that is far from the truth. ¬†My life is fantastic. ¬†Circumstances may not always be rainbows and unicorns mind you BUT¬†…¬†MY¬†life is as GOOD as it gets. ¬†I was jaded by¬†events that seemed beyond my control. ¬†My thoughts were weighing me down. ¬†I know in my heart of hearts that my thoughts create my reality. ¬†Being positive could only help but to turn things around.

I am not so naive as to think my happy/positive thoughts can magically control the universe or cure all that ails me though. ¬†Yet they can surely alleviate some of the personal pain. ¬†Buddha ways = zen and inner peace for me¬†at least. ¬†Let the shit storm swirl around me, I will only see what’s good. ¬†And on that note, a new category was born. ¬†Why stop at 13 reasons? ¬†I plan to post one liners and other things that make me happy in this section. ¬†Might not be daily or weekly but whenever the moods strikes and I need to get back to center, this is where I will come.