Well, not weirder than we all naturally are.
One of the cool things about this blog seems to be that it helps us realize that the things we struggle with secretly are things that LOTS of people struggle with secretly. Many of us struggle with similar things, but we think we are the only ones. To help break down that barrier and let you all know that the things you may be OCDing about are natural and not weird, I’m going to list below some of the things that I have or am struggline with OCD-wise. Maybe you will see something on this list that you have or are struggling with. If you do, please realize that it is a common struggle, it’s just that a lot of times we are too embarrassed to say that we struggle with it. So here, in no particular order, is a list of past/present OCD struggles I’ve had:
Worrying that I was pregnant because I thought something wrong
Worrying that I was pregnant because I touched or was near a boy
Worrying about contamination from germs/chemicals
Worrying that I would cause harm to a loved one if I thought the wrong thing at the wrong time
Worrying that normal touch was somehow inappropriate and therefore removing myself from normal physical interactions like handshakes, hugs, interacting with kids, etc.
Worrying that thoughts or physical contact could change my sexual orientation
Worrying that I would offend God if I thought something blasphemous, offensive, etc.
Worrying that I had to confess every single sin or I couldn’t have healthy relationships with others and/or God
Worrying that I could affect the future of my loved ones with my thoughts and rituals
Worrying that thoughts of contamination would cause real contamination on my hands, clothes, objects I used everyday, etc.
Worrying that masturbation was dirty or bad or contaminating
Worrying that wearing a certain color was bad/sinful
Worrying that some numbers/letters were powerful or bad or good or had an affect on what would happen to me or my loved ones
These things are just a partial list. But the good news is that all of these things are not true, they are just what OCD wants us to believe. A lot of these things are very personal. Loved ones, sexuality, and beliefs seem to attract OCD obsessions like a magnet. OCD wants to take the things we hold dear and twist them into something that causes fear, torment, and pain. OCD is a monster. But we are one step closer to defeating it when we drag it out into the light and see not only the monster, but also the great number of other people who are fighting alongside us.