Do I have OCD? Am I on the “Spectrum”?

What my brain sees when it scrolls through my feed here.

Terry L. Cooper
6 min readMay 27, 2024
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Let’s start with me

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears known as obsessions. These obsessions lead you to do repetitive behaviors, also called compulsions. These obsessions and compulsions get in the way of daily activities and cause a lot of distress.

Ultimately, you feel driven to do compulsive acts to ease your stress. Even if you try to ignore or get rid of bothersome thoughts or urges, they keep coming back. This leads you to act based on ritual. This is the vicious cycle of OCD.~The Mayo Clinic

Okay, so maybe not if that’s the case. I keep thinking about that movie that Jack Nicholson was in. The one where he had to turn his door locks back and forth a certain number of times to feel safe; constantly washing his hands; not being unable to step on cracks in the floor, etc. I have noticed that I need the towels in the bathroom and kitchen hung a certain way but wouldn’t that be more of a quirk since that’s the only thing that bugs me? And I don’t have to hang them x number of times. I just want the ends even that’s all.

But then I saw this…

Obsessions often have themes, such as:



Terry L. Cooper

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