By nearly a crazy lady - 12/08/2013 11:19 - United Kingdom
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OCD sucks. I can say that she really can't help it. I've been there, and everyone gets annoyed with me over my "quirks" too. I know it sucks for you OP, but your manager really can't control it. It sucks for all parties involved
I came off as being a total ass. I just get irritated when people use their condition as an excuse to act a certain way. I'm OCD, Bipolar, and have ADHD but I never use my conditions as an excuse to act poorly. It can be really difficult to control the urges but it is doable. Saying that OP's boss couldn't help it just isn't true.
@17 Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought one of the diagnostic criteria for OCD was ritual. Eg. a patient might be a germaphobe, but it manifests as needing to wash their hands 300 times a day (even when they know they're clean), which separates it from "regular" germaphobia. The key there is the irrationality. It seems rational (if extreme) to spray someone's hands if they touched a rubbish bin.
Honestly, people don't realize the effectiveness of pure water and some soap.
One day I would just wait until your boss fell asleep and dump around 7 trash bins worth of crap in their cubicle or office and let them wake up and practically gas themselves with cans of disinfectant whilst screaming tribal like chants and exact revenge... or maybe that's just me.
TBH i had no issue with the obviously joking and hypothetical nature of the original comment. However you seriously need to reevaluate your opinion that it is "frankly not a severe mental illness". I can understand that people's free use of the term where it does not truly apply can affect how people perceive disorders like this, but OCD is a serious anxiety disorder, often expressed with other forms of anxiety as well. As the previous comment suggested; if this were to actually be done it could very well lead to much more psychological damage as a result. Also; panic attacks actually have a physical response as well as the obvious psychological distress you know, and people can make themselves violently ill and even have heart attacks, as well as the very real possibility that the suffering person will genuinely "gas themselves" or clean themselves until they bleed after the fact.