Friday, 15 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week: OCD

Hey there, Schneckens!
Last night was our first performance of Arcadia and it was an absolute success! The actors were brilliant on stage and I am so proud to have been able to work with such a terrific cast, director and crew - this has truly been a wonderful experience for me being able to work with such lovely people! Here's to them and their bright futures, let tonight be a fantastic show that will never be forgotten!

Continuing in the spirit of mental health awareness week, I will be discussing OCD today and most importantly, the stigma attached to the condition. OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and it is not just a cleaning disease. I speak on behalf of myself and many other people with the condition. I am one of the messiest people you will ever meet in your life and I have OCD. It frustrates me immensely when I hear ignorant folk claim they have OCD when they decide to clean at a time that may seem odd or because they have a quirk like having all their DVDs in a certain order.

My form of OCD is more towards the superstitious side, especially through routines and keeping certain objects. For instance, on this laptop (which isn't mine, btw) I have saved a million unimportant files, but won't delete it in case because I am afraid that something bad will happen. I don't know how this link is created, but I won't delete them in case something goes wrong and the show goes terribly. Likewise, I won't ever delete certain shows on my Sky Box because of the same thing - that something bad will happen. It's not ideal, but it keeps me calm and that's all the matters. My OCD is under control and that is the main thing! Certain days I can have small blips, but for the most part, I am fine and able to live a wonderful life!

Toodles :)

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