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OCD Humour

A bit of pictorial humour regarding OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)

I've broken this into two parts, the first, in which at least one is bound to bring out the inner OCD sufferer in most of us and the second group to help soothe those tattered nerves after seeing the first lot... enjoy!

But first, to put you in the mood:

This series of photographs below, by Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli, are strangely satisfying. These are guaranteed to satiate your obsessive urge to tidy things up and arrange them in an orderly fashion.

Ahhhhhh...Wasn't that satisfying?

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Apr. 9th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
These photos are great!

Years ago I worked with a gal who was a bit OCD. She used to line up her coins for bus fare on the edge of her desk. Of course, largest to smallest with the heads all right side up, etc., So what did Toby do in response? I used to go over there when she wasn't looking and turn the heads upside down or flip the coins around. It was passive aggressive revenge for how mean she used to be to me. </p>


Apr. 10th, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
LOL! That must have driven her mad! I've worked with a couple of OCD people and I must say I found it quite off-putting. There is such a thing as too much neatness! I have my little OCD style quirks, but I think we all do, or most of us anyway. My idea of order doesn't always gel with the norm, and people often wonder why I put things where I do in my house, but it works for me. Generally, though, I'd have to say I err on the side of happy chaos rather than order.

I do have a thing about anything hung unevenly when it's meant to be level - pictures, curtains etc and how I hang and group my clothes in my wardrobe, but that comes from years of quick changes while performing and the habit has stuck.
Apr. 10th, 2014 07:17 am (UTC)
My inner OCD is all out of equilibrium with the first group of photos. Even the sloven in me wants to sort those things out.
Apr. 10th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
I know! I certainly wouldn't call myself an obsessively orderly person, but those pictures made me feel the same way! I guess we all have that inner OCD sufferer lurking away with the exception of our teen years - I think it goes into hibernation for most of us during those years. I will admit to a few OCD type traits, though.

I don't colour co-ordinate my clothes, but I do have them grouped and my hangers all have to have the hooks in the same direction, along with the clothes hanging on them. I think that comes more from having to have my clothes organised for quick changes when I used to perform, but the habit has stuck. It came in handy when my son danced and I ended up the wardrobe mistress, among other things, for his troupe whenever they performed..

My other bug bear is anything not hung level on a wall when it's meant to be- it will drive me batty no matter where I happen to be. It doesn't send me into a corner gibbering, but I do find it annoying and will remedy it if I can.
Apr. 11th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
I admit to not really having a sense of .humour when it comes to people's perception of OCD. It might strike people as a fanciful condition but having suffered from it for years (although not anymore) I can tell you that it is nothing of the sort. It is a condition caused by anxiety that is unrelated to the 'lack of perfection' that people mistake it as. That's just being a perfectionist.

As I say, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is about not being in control of your own thoughts, or being afraid to judge your thoughts as being imagined. Therefore, OCD sufferers fall into this 'everything must be perfect' as they at least have control of some facet of their life. This is quite clearly hard to explain to people that have never had to deal with it but it is a mental illness for a reason. OCD sufferers are also well aware that their actions defy logic but their mind is such that they cannot change what they do without experiencing a huge surge of anxiety that does not actually go away until the 'change' has been rectified in the sufferer's mind. Just imagine being scared of your own thoughts for a moment. It is one scary place to be, let me tell you that now.

Sorry, but this really is a sore spot because no one would ever make fun of a person suffering from depression and yet people do with OCD.
Apr. 11th, 2014 09:10 am (UTC)
Sorry if I offended you, ranger - that certainly wasn't my intent, nor was it to make fun of people with OCD.

I do understand the condition, as I suffered from it as a young teen and again after a traumatic accident as I still do at times as an adjunct, along with agoraphobia, to that charming condition PTSD. One of my nephews also suffered from it.

We cope with things like this in our family by using humour in an inclusive, not alienating way.

Once again my apologies if I offended. I posted this in as much an effort to cheer myself up as to cheer others. I honestly didn't think it was done in a way that either belittled sufferers or the severity of the condition and I obviously misjudged.
Apr. 11th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
I appreciate your response. You've now made it clearer that that wasn't your intent so thank you... :-)

I have just heard it being said like this a lot of late and yours was the straw that broke the camel's back. It bothers me that people make fun of it when they have no idea what it's actually like to live with.

It's great that your family are open about this sort of thing. I know mine are the sort to not talk about these things, being old farm stock. You just didn't talk about that sort of thing. But I was thinking just recently that perhaps I will tell my mum what it was that I went through, I know she may not want to hear it but given I more or less blamed her for not being able to help me (given I had absolutely no idea what I was going through), I realise I need to say something. The fact that I can talk about it and the other things I went through shows that I am not bothered by them anymore, even if they are somewhat confronting when I do speak of them.

Anyway, I hope this clears the airwaves. If anything, it's started a conversation.
Apr. 11th, 2014 05:42 am (UTC)
These are lovely. I think there is beauty in order (I love arabesque patterns) but I also love the pics where something is slightly askew. Life shouldn’t always be so cut and dried, neat and tidy. Sometimes you just want a crazy quilt. I think I’m the opposite of OCD. You can see it in my artwork when I was a student. I definitely had a scribbly splashy style. Unfortunately my writing is just as messy. I envy people who are organized.

Edited at 2014-04-11 05:49 am (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2014 09:52 am (UTC)
I can appreciate both. I tend to get super organised in crises and then let everything slide afterwards in a crash and burn thing, and then slowly get back to an equilibrium of the two.

I've had problems with OCD only mine didn't come out in the positions of things. I had a problem with both counting and various other numerical things and hoarding. The counting was the worst and if I didn't do it, I felt like something terrible was about to happen. Like most things, though, it always helps if you can also see the funny side. My hoarding was never to the point of the poor people you hear about in extreme cases, but I'm very vigilant about it - I'm also just a bit of a packrat at the best of times anyway and usually do end up having a use for my 'treasures'. lol!
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC)
I love it!!!
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