BENEFITING: International OCD Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jun 04, 2016
OCD tends to be stereotyped and used as an adjective for someone who’s organized and clean. While there are people who have obsessions with symmetry and avoiding germs, not every person has them. OCD has many subtypes, Pure O (primarily obsessive OCD) being one. People who suffer from Pure O may seem high functioning, but that’s because they have covert compulsions. On the outside they’re calm, they may even be smiling, but inside they’re having intrusive thoughts. These thoughts can range from scrupulosity, sexuality, and violence. Thoughts of hurting a love one because they walked in the kitchen while you’re cutting vegetables. Its not the usual “just OCD things”. The person knows the thoughts are irrational and that they won’t act them out. But they become anxious and doubtful, leading to mental rituals that will avoid or neutralize the obsessions. The demonization of the mentally ill by the media makes things worse. A person with Pure O will question if they’re a bad person for having horrible thoughts. Seeking help and sharing what they put up with is one of the most difficult things. This is why OCD awareness is important. I endured ten years of hell to finally seek help. I’m willing to do what I can to help others not go through that pain. So walk with me on June 4th. Bring your dogs, family, and friends. Together we can end the stigma that surrounds OCD.