By Shelbi Mangel, Staff Writer

When I write my notes in multi colors during class, people laugh and say I’m “OCD”.

When I have a constant urge to fix things that aren’t straight, I’m called “OCD”.

When I volunteer to alphabetize things and insist on fixing mistakes that I find, people laugh and say “You’re so OCD”.

I have had to put up with such comments my whole teenage life. I used to find them insulting, and at times I still do. I never understood why people had to word it in such a way that they did. Why say “OCD” why not neat, tidy, organized, or having my life in order? However, just recently I realized why these people call me “OCD”, why they point out every little organizational thing that I do, from my overly organized back pack to my color sorted closet. These people, call me “OCD” because they think that I have a disease that they know nothing about.

Since 6th grade I have insisted on settling for nothing but pristine organization, I know many adults who have still not yet become organized and thus live their life in havoc.

My so called “OCD” has helped in so many ways. I never turn in assignments late due to my color coded calendar, I never lose paper work because of my many folders and binders all devoted to one single subject and not once has anyone ever walked into my bedroom and commented on items strewn on the floor.

On the other hand, I frequently find myself gazing around the classroom and my eyes falling on an open backpack sitting on a desk, folder less with papers spewing out of it in every direction. I also hear the never ending gasp in the middle of class followed by “We have a test today?!”

People laugh at me for my “OCD”, which is not what such a thing should be called at all.

“Imagine that your mind got stuck

on a certain thought or image…

Then this thought or image got replayed in your mind

over and

over again

no matter what you did…”

That is the real Obsessive Compulsive Disorder described by the International OCD Foundation. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behavior. OCD causes severe anxiety in those affected. OCD involves both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values.

Anxiety is typically the brains response to attacks or threats. Anxiety tells a person to react, jump, run, protect yourself from the apparent danger. However a person with OCD does not feel anxiety when threatened, not really, someone who has ODC has a broken alarm system. They feel attacked however no threat is present, the threat is being created in their mind, attacking them, and they must neutralize the threat in their mind.

OCD is a terrible disease that ruins the lives of those that must live with it. The horrible disease destroys realtionships and cripples the person’s social life. There are medications and treatments for ODC however there is currently not a cure for this disese, it can only be treated to lessen the intensity of the compulsions.

We, as a scoiety should remerber that OCD is a serious condition, not a compliment that should be given for the more organized people in life.