So this question is not meant to be offensive in any way. As a person who has been diagnosed with ocd and has had many relatable experiences to other people here in the community, I’m confused at time with what stigma means.
Yes I have quirks about myself that are different from other people and I am naturally an obsessive person.
When I was in the ocdi at Mcelans, a group leader reached me and tried to reiterate to everyone in the group that everyone has a difficult time with uncertainty. It’s made me wonder about stigma and why we have such a hard time coping with uncertainty.
Do I believe that I have real struggles? Yes, but I don’t enjoy having them and I want to change several habits. This will probably be a lifelong battle on changing certain behaviors I have, but even as a person with a mental health diagnosis, I have questions like everyone.
This question is meant to serve more as something that I’ve thought about myself and is not meant to insult or judge anybody else’s experiences.
I want to hear other people’s insight and if they have had This confusion before
While I was in residential treatment for OCD, I was keenly aware of other patients who had very clear and eloquent thinking about many topics, including stigma.
In my view, as a medical condition, OCD specifically relates to the obsession/compulsion (ritual) thought process, that can be unreasonable.
Your unique understanding gives hope that people with OCD can also see through a clear lens of mindful thinking.
somewhat. I was lucky enough to have a psychiatrist who also had ocd. she explained that she had intrusive thoughts when she was younger but had learned to cope with them. I guess Im saying I understand where the frustrations about the stigma come into play, but I’m also able to look at it through an objective lens and can see how some people form there opinions
It sounds like you’re trying to identify that line of where it goes from normative worrying about uncertain things to clinical obsessions or acting on those thoughts- am I understand that correctly?