How many times have you heard someone describe their need for perfection or rigid design as "just part of their OCD showing"?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a very real condition that plagues about 2.3 percent of the population, but so many of us like to use the term to illustrate to others our need for perfection regarding some areas of life. For someone with OCD, that can sometimes be offensive, as it marginalizes this all-too-real mental illness.
Maybe you stress out over missing an email or text message, or whether your clothes are properly organized in your closet, or you're constantly cleaning the house (or yourself), .
All of these traits and characteristics are things that people like to describe as part of their OCD nature, but is it really OCD?
Many of us simply have "Type A" personalities. This is a personality type that gets stressed out by all of these little imperfections in life, but they actually enjoy it. Getting to demonstrate that level of perfection gives them a sense of achievement, even. Type A personalities thrive on perfection, but it can also manifest as anxiety.
People with OCD cannot say the same. Their obsessions and compulsive behaviors are anything but fun. Not only do they not identify these obsessive habits as part of who they are, but the habits are born from a place of extreme anxiety. Their repetitive behaviors are the result of certain fears.
So, where does that leave you? Do you think that you really have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or is there a chance that you're just anal-retentive or a perfectionist?
The quiz below will help you find out. Be sure to answer each question honestly so you get the best results. And don't forget to share with friends and loved ones who you think would benefit from taking the quiz too.
This article was originally published at Higher Perspective. Reprinted with permission from the author.