Let's talk about OCD
OCD is not a quirky little thing, despite what you may have heard. You are not "soooo OCD!" just because you like even numbers or have a clean desk. OCD is a life altering illness with a lot of misconceptions attached. While people crack jokes about washing their hands or "obsessive coffee disorder", I'm having violent intrusive thoughts and trying not to cry as I perform yet another compulsion to keep those thoughts as at bay as I can.
OCD is a series of unwanted obsessions, often called intrusive thoughts, which cause anxiety, followed by compulsions, which can cause relief. Some people have one without the other, or perform those compulsions in their head, but at the end of the day it's all OCD. An intrusive thought is an unwanted, sometimes violent thought that usually goes against the nature of the person experiencing said thought completely. They can take the form of religious intrusive thoughts, e.g. I'm unclean because I saw the number six three times, God doesn't love me because I lied, etc.; sexual intrusive thoughts, e.g. what if I'm secretly attracted to children or someone of the same gender; violent intrusive thoughts, e.g. take that knife and stab your mother, throw your baby cousin out the window. REMEMBER THAT THESE THOUGHTS GO AGAINST THE NATURE OF THE PERSON EXPERIENCING THEM AND CAUSE GREAT DISTRESS. That's what makes OCD so devastating; these thoughts can convince you that you'll actually do these things, or that these things are true. Also remember, everyone experiences these thoughts from time to time, but they are able to dismiss them. People with OCD cannot. Often, they are forced to perform compulsions, or rituals that "negate" the intrusive thought. For instance, the person who saw the number six three times might have to wash their hands three times to feel "sinless" again, or the person who is terrified of being gay might imagine themselves kissing someone of another gender to get rid of the thought.
There you go. A short essay explaining a bit about OCD. Obsessions and compulsions. If you have any questions about OCD, my OCD, or what my service dog does to help me with my disability, always feel free to DM me!