Most making it hard for them to

Most individuals who are not remotely
educated in psychology believe that psychological disorders embody themselves
in anti-social behaviors, autistic behaviors, or in strange passions. What if
people who are around people that are considered normal, even friends and
family members suffer from a psychological disorder. What if a person is
obsessed and locked-up in the prison of their own mind? I am talking about OCD:
obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The term “OCD” is commonly used in
everyday conversation to define someone who may be extremely detailed in their
daily tasks. Everybody has strange mannerisms such as organizing clothes by
color, organizing the symmetry of work desks, or refusing to use a public
restroom, but these perfectionist type habits should not be confused with
obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is an often misunderstood term which most describe
as a disorder that means being percise or having OCPD (obsessive-Compulsive
Personality Disorder)/being a perfectionist, which are not the same things as
OCD. OCD can be debilitating for individuals who, for example, have difficulty
turning in assignments on time, “pull all-nighters” perfecting essays, reading
and re-reading the same paragraph, the same sentence until he or she feels it
sounds right and looks right and will continue do to so without understanding
why. (Psychology today)

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OCD is often characterized by
obsessive, repeated and undesirable thoughts, emotions, and images which can
lead to the partaking of behaviors in response to the thoughts or obsessions. (psychology today )
Though OCD is more than just excessive cleaning. Obsessive thoughts are
distressing to individuals which drastically interferes with common daily
activates. For example, OCD may cause thoughts that are centered on
orderliness, cleanliness, symmetry, and doubt one’s own thoughts, perceptions,
and SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder/Phobia) (psychology today)

“OCD and SAD are one-in-the-same as
both are anxiety disorder that can render someone disabled” (ite beyond . Some individuals are so distressed about engaging in social
situations that it interferes with their daily life.  (beyond For example, a certain individual may find it
very difficult to work in a class setting and even though they choose to sit in
the back of the room they are still anxious, making it hard for them to work in
a group or get anything done while present. This is not the individual’s fault,
which most fail to understand, sometimes it is more than just being shy and the
scrutinizing of other students and teachers only make it worse. Though it may
appear as if the individual is purposely slacking off in class and not turning
in assignments there is more to it.  (beyond

Obsessive-compulsive Personality
Disorder (OCPD) or being a perfectionist should not be compared to OCD as they
are completely different diagnoses. OCPD may be described a perfectionist, or
as someone who pays attention to the most minute detail resulting in a poor
life balance, obstinacy and a preoccupation with lists and tasks that cause the
individual to lose sight of the big picture. The main difference between OCD
and OCPD is that an individual may not think they have a problem, while
individuals with OCD are aware that their thoughts and actions are abnormal or