No, you don’t have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

To whom it may concern:

Yes, things need to be done a certain way. The table has to be cleaned and the chairs straightened. Clothes must be organized by color. I understand aesthetics and organization. But when you go so far as to say, “I have OCD,” jokingly…you need to stop.

No, you don’t have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. You don’t wash your hands over and over again even after your hands start bleeding. You don’t wash your hair three times instead of one because the number three is luckier than the number one. You don’t have to start getting ready all over again because you missed a step. You don’t count tiles on your floor because it’s more important than eating.

Bottom line: Your orderly way of doing things does not interfere with your daily life.

I get it. People associate OCD with “clean” and “organized.” Traits that people would say are positive, traits that you may see as positive. But OCD is not a characteristic. It’s not something that you casually add next to, “friendly” and “ambitious.” OCD is a serious disorder.

I really hope that you start listening to what you are saying.

Please stop saying you have OCD when you do not. It seems to me that you don’t have an idea of what OCD actually means. Just say that you are organized.



If you really have symptoms of OCD, go see a doctor and get help.

If you don’t know what OCD is, watch this youtube video:



  • maynotbesoanonymous

    Truer than true. I think people often use the term OCD just to make a point or more sadly, a show of how organized they can be.

  • yvonnekli

    Thank you! I’ve only ever met one person who was diagnosed with relatively mild OCD and even then, it was stressful for them and their family. OCD is not something you can turn on and off, it’s a serious condition that affects your entire life and I think the term has been co-opted incorrectly.