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In fact, when I posted on one of my social networks about having trouble writing an essay about my OCD, a friend suggested I do some cleaning to “get in the mood.” I wish my OCD manifested like that. In all seriousness, there’s a side to this disorder that isn’t discussed enough because it’s uncomfortable. Maybe you’re driving down the highway and an image of your car veering into the guardrail and spinning out flashes into your mind. I have what’s known as Pure Obsessional OCD — or “Pure O” — a little-known subset of the disorder.
It’s uncomfortable for those of us who struggle because we’re afraid of being judged, and it’s upsetting and disturbing to hear that a friend or family member is experiencing it. It’s brief and disturbing, but you shake it off, perhaps literally, giving your head a quick shake at the strangeness of it. Little-known enough that it isn’t listed on the Mayo Clinic website.
How many times have you heard someone refer to themselves as “being OCD” while they straightened up a picture hanging on a wall or adjusting the TV volume to an even number?
The public perception of obsessive compulsive disorder doesn’t line up with how it manifests in everyone.
She's been fortunate to have lived in some extraordinary places including Australia, California and her native Canada where her work is easily inspired by the beauty and power of nature.
She often tries to create the feeling, mood or atmosphere of a place which occasionally may include subtle humorous references or nudge the viewer to question the circumstances upon which the painting was based.
At times, it feels like a silent horror movie is being played out in my head, one that I am a part of but have no control over.
In that movie, I lose control of the knife I’m using to cut grapes and stab myself or my children in the eye.
You’ll never see me cleaning the toilet with an old toothbrush or washing my hands 52 times a day; all the fun happens in my active little brain.
According to the OCD Center of Los Angeles, for people with Pure O, “obsessions often manifest as intrusive, unwanted thoughts, impulses or “mental images” of committing an act they consider to be harmful, violent, immoral, sexually inappropriate, or sacrilegious.