Oh my god are you fucking serious? I literally answered this question like a few weeks ago. But hey, fine, I’ll explain it again..
1. Yes I post every submit that gets sent in. OCD works differently for every person. Just because something isn’t a compulsion for you, doesn’t mean that it’s not a compulsion for somebody else.
2. I agree with you. Not everything I post is specifically a compulsion. But this blog isn’t just for compulsions only. It is about every aspect of OCD - both compulsions and obsessions. Repeated sexual thoughts and fear of becoming a racist are both obsessions.
3. I am well aware that the blog is titled ‘OCD Compulsions’. When I first started up this blog I was originally wanting something along the lines of ‘OCD Things’ (or similar) but they all seemed to be taken. Just because it is titled as ‘compulsions’, that doesn’t mean we are restricted to posting/discussing about compulsions only. I mean, that in itself would be belittling half of the experience of OCD.
4. Whilst people do tend to say things such as ‘oh my room is so tidy, I’m so OCD’ (or whatever), they are not actually self-diagnosing. I really really hate it when people do that, but it seems to have become a fairly common expression, which is not the same as diagnosing yourself with a mental disorder. The types of compulsions/obsessions being posted on this blog are sometimes to do with being organised, or tidy, but you don’t know the extent to which it affects that particular person’s life. They could spend hours upon hours rearranging their bedroom, or tidying their desk until it is just perfect, only having to start it all over again because they swallowed with their eyes open. Yet, as a submit, they may only say ‘organising my desk’. Even the number of followers a person has can trigger your OCD. Did you ever think that maybe the number ‘29’ could be unclean for someone? Or maybe that it makes them feel off balance? I’m not saying that theyhave OCD, but you can’t make assumptions like that until you really get to know that person.
5. How on earth am I belittling OCD? I know first hand how hard it is to live with this disorder, I’m not about to make light of it on a public blog… Honestly, from my perspective it feels as though you are belittling all this blog’s followers by invalidating their experiences. I reckon that the majority of people on the planet have a particular routine they follow in the shower, before they go to bed, or in the morning, but, like I said before, you don’t know the extent to which it affects them.
In conclusion, please think a little before saying things like this, and also scroll back just a little way on the blog to find the other question I answered not long ago which was exceedingly similar to this one. In case you can’t be bothered, here is a link for you…
And just by the way, just to settle this, I love each and every one of the followers on this blog and I would never ever dream of belittling them.