Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Why OCD Is Not Funny....

That is what I feel when someone makes fun of my disorder. We live in a time where information is just a click away and yet such ignorance abounds us all, it is amazing to me we can see through the fog of it. On a weekly basis I am confronted with people making light of my disorder or minimizing it's effects with dumb t-shirts or ignorant coffee cups and I become disheartened and offended.  It seriously happens to me all of the time. And as frustrating as it is, I can not totally blame the people that do it. They just don't know any better. So I ask myself how I can change the perceptions of things like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to the masses. Granted, I will most likely not change the world with my posts on this blog, but if I can help just one person understand OCD a little better or help a fellow sufferer feel less alone, then I feel all of this has been worth the struggle.

 In looking through several videos on youtube about OCD, I have noticed that although there is a great deal on OCD, they aren't necessarily specific. There are several videos on compulsions that go hand in hand with Obsessive Compulsive disorder but not many on the obsessional or intrusive thought part of OCD and I would like to change that.

So, I have decided to make a few videos about my life with OCD and the things I have learned while suffering from it for almost thirty two years. They wont be anything spectacular. There won't be any animations or flow charts. No, art work being drawn as I speak or anything fancy. Just me talking about the things many of us OCD sufferers are afraid to talk about (the scary, guilt inducing, upsetting intrusive thoughts that rule our lives). I will be discussing what it is like to be a PureO because we are OCD sufferers too. Just not the ones most people think of when they think about OCD because our symptoms are not readily seen to the naked eye. I will be discussing why OCD is just as serious as every other mental illness and just why we do not find your Obsessive Cat Disorder shirts or Obsessive Coffee Disorder coffee mugs hilarious.  I will admit I am a little terrified of doing this. Writing is one thing, being on camera talking about it is quite another. I may even have hives and a panic attack before, after, or even during filming. Who knows. But I do feel it is important to try and I hope that it helps even in some small way.

So, here goes nothing...

             (you may need to use headphones the volume is low).
     (( I apologize for the overuse of the word "um", I was nervous))

Neurotic Nelly


  1. Thank you so much! I was really nervous. Lol.

  2. With all due respect, maybe focus more on what you've been doing and are doing....rather than dwelling on being hurt.

    Education, providing solace and encouragement to others, information, reducing the feelings of isolation and stigma for those that have these horrible afflictions means a lot.

    Some people are misinformed, some are just cruel and revel in it. Nothing you or I do will change them, and we both know that reality can become an OCD in itself. Not healthy for you or your mind.

    I can't see the video yet as my ISP is being stupid and is slower than a dial-up connection from the 90s.....so sort of like me. But I'm sure its wonderful. :)

  3. Thank you very much TR! I am going to make a few more videos discussing the PureO aspects of OCD just to get the word out there. I am always going to continue to blog as I much more prefer to write than actually publicly speak. I am thankful for your support as always :)

  4. Hey I don't do public speaking. My voice is low/deep like Barry White....but I enunciate like Mike Tyson.....and I'm white. So nobody can understand what the "Hades" I'm talking about. :)