You Probably Don’t Have OCD, And This Is Why


Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m
so clean, I’m OCD!”? You might think that having OCD just means
being a neat freak… but actually, obsessive-compulsive disorder is a serious ailment that only affects
about 2 percent of the population. People with OCD are plagued with unwanted
thoughts, behaviors, or mental images that repeat over and over. They might feel like objects in a room have
to be perfectly aligned, or they may worry obsessively about harming others, even if
they would never actually do anything. And yes, some people with OCD obsess over
germs and cleanliness, but it’s different than just wanting your house tidy. For those with the disorder, their obsession
feels out of their control. It can be debilitating, and cleaning won’t
solve the problem. The obsessions are typically intertwined with
compulsions — repeated actions the person has to do just to function. If someone is obsessed with germs, they might
wash their hands over and over, even after they logically know that they are clean. Or if they’re obsessed with safety, they
might force themselves to check that the doors are locked and the stove is off dozens of
times before they can leave the house. They might also feel the need to repeat a
certain word, or count all their steps. Although OCD can take many forms, there are
some things that everyone with the disorder has in common. In order to be diagnosed, the obsessions or
compulsions must be extremely time consuming and take up at least an hour a day. Almost everyone with OCD knows their thoughts
aren’t logical, but they can’t stop themselves. And they usually don’t enjoy their compulsions
— it’s just the only way they can reduce their anxiety and stress. For those suffering, it can hurt to hear others
use the term OCD without understanding what it means. You might say you have OCD because you like
things to be organized, but it’s a passing thought that you could shrug off. Having real OCD means not being able to let
go of those thoughts. Lots of studies have shown that those with
OCD actually have slightly different brain function than those without. Although scientists are still learning how
the disorder works, many think it has to do with changes in a circuit of the brain called
the corticostriatal pathway, which regulates habit and repeated action. Recent studies have focused on trying to find
medications that bind to receptors in that pathway. If the studies are successful, they may be
able to develop medications that specifically target OCD symptoms. This would be a huge leap forward. Currently, doctors typically prescribe general
antidepressants for OCD. They also recommend behavioral therapy. This includes exposure therapy, where patients
are carefully exposed to fearful situations without being allowed to act on their compulsions. For the small amount of people who don’t
respond to either drugs or therapy, there are more invasive procedures. Around 300 people have undergone something
called DBS, or deep brain stimulation, which is when electrodes are implanted in the brain
to control impulses in some of the corticostriatal regions. When the electrodes are activated, they cause
the brain of someone with OCD to have the same neural activity as someone without. The treatment has been a huge success. Almost all DBS patients say the procedure
improved their mood and self-confidence, and most regained a normal quality of life. Although OCD can be debilitating, these types
of treatments offer hope that one day soon, everyone with the disorder will be able to
find relief and take back control of their life. What other science topics would you like to
know about? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Hey everyone! Thanks for watching! Quick reminder that we have an episode coming out Thursday with a very special guest (It's Steven Suptic. He's the guest.) We also have Play Noggin coming out Wednesday! In the mean time, check out the last video on Flat Earthers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4WjyTV98lg

  2. I haven’t been diagnosed by a doctor but I am quite sure I have OCD, if I don’t, I’m sorry for thinking I do, but I have these “rules” I have to follow, sometimes I make even more rules, and they don’t even make sense but I have to do them every second of my life. I know they don’t make sense, but I really can’t stop them, this video was very relatable and I feel everyone should be educated on what this topic is.

  3. I have ocd and meny ask me all the time is not a big deal and i have it to and is not hard to have at all

  4. I've tried explaining this to others and they just brush it off as "being silly" and I should "just stop" >~>

  5. I went to a therapist because of anxiety, and ended up with diagnosed OCD and anxiety (+ not being able to talk to people) soooo……

  6. not formally diagnosed OCD but i’m a raging hypochondriac with OCD tendencies (to be more specific: my psychologist and i are working on treatments together that is basically exposure therapy for OCD and we frame our sessions in terms of my obsession with my health and my compulsions because of it)

    it’s hard and i don’t even technically have it formally diagnosed (to be clear i don’t actually know if my therapist thinks i have it or not but she very well might think so. all i know is that my treatments are similar to OCD treatments but more mild than what i imagine actual exposure therapy would be)

    but the point is that i couldn’t imagine what it’s like for someone who is plagued with OCD with everything they do, it must feel impossible

    not that its a contest

  7. I think i kinda have a problem like this

    i mean, whenever i have to put my Nintendo Switch away, i check OVER AND OVER AND OVER if the switch is turned off. I think this happens because of an accident i once had involving the Switch overheating inside its case. But yeah, oof

  8. I have this obsessive need to balance both sides of my body, so if I accidentally brush my arm against a wall, I have to do the same with the other arm, or if I stub my toe on a table, I have to kick the table with my other foot. As someone with real O.C.D., people saying they have it when they don’t really pisses me off.

  9. I tend to pair up things like in 2s or 3s if the things iget doesnt have an exact match my mind goes crazy.

  10. Before you even watch the story i’m going to share my side when I was younger my mom would clean something with Lysol or a wipe and I would touch it and I wanna ask her if I was going to die and my best friend when I was younger would show me pictures of it disgusting images to do with rotting flesh but she was not scared of because it was part of tryophobia and I cannot stop thinking about them I would tell myself and everybody would tell me why don’t you just not think of it I couldn’t I will think of stuff over and over again until it feels normal. after I flush I check it at least three times to make sure I officially gone I do not have it as bad anymore I’d wash my hands around 5 to 10 times every two hours I have extremely compulsive thoughts and I was always scared to even say or talk about any of the deadly challenges which I will not say because of this because I was scared that if I did I would do them even though I knew I never would I was scared of hurting others because i have no clue and that is just the tip of the ice burg it angers me when people say they have OCD and they’re just being dramatic crybabies who are neat

  11. I used to be extremely scared of bacterias, and i washed my hands so much that my hands got very, very dry, and it would hurt alot, but i managed to overcome it!

  12. well i dont really know if i have ocd or not but i have taken several tests (on some weirdo sites) and i relate… i know i should not trust those tests and i cant just diagnose myself with ocd without being told by a doctor or something… i like literally think i have ocd. no i am not a cleaning freak but i mostly relate to that counting and numbers ocd. just cant take a real test made by a real doctor or psychiatrist because i still live under the protection of my parents and i just know that they wont understand how awful i feel… im too scared…

  13. I have OCD, I looked it up on YouTube and found this. I told my mom, and she doesn't believe me.. I actually have it though. I am not the kind were I am super obsessed with germs, I still wash my hands a lot, but I am the kind where I have Obsessive thoughts. I cannot tell anybody how I feel, my mom tells me '' You're just feeling sorry for yourself. '' and I'm not. I have all these horrible thoughts that I can't control. I try, but I can't. People will make fun of me when I tell them, so I can't tell anybody at school. Everybody thinks OCD is just a dramatic person who hates germs, but it's more then that. I get so mad when people talk about OCD like it's nothing and you're just dramatic, but guess what? You will NEVER know what it's like to have OCD because you DON'T have it. People should stop assuming and only say what's true. Sorry that was long 😐

  14. I have ocd odd adhd autism depression anxiety mpd and ptsd
    My composions include safety sorting things tapping things and doing continuous ways and i need to know what will happen the next day otherwise i end up having a huge meltdown and either harm myself or others and i have no control
    AND YH if u dont have ocd or a diagnosis of it then plz dont say stuff 'like oh thats settin off my ocd' because u never know that a person round u could actually be suffering from it and its not nice. So all i ask is for u or anyone to say that unless u really do have ocd but still aint a good and nice thing to say

  15. I have OCD since I’m nine years old, I’m almost eighteen now. Every time I hear people say that they have ocd when they’re just like everybody having some scary thought. I’m just like, no you can’t say that, I have ocd and it’s ruining my life, it’s ruining my relationship with others, its ruining the opinion I have on me. It’s ruining everything. I’m just scared of what I do, what I think of, what I say, what I could do. So I promise you, if OCD don’t bother you and you can talk about it with a smile on your face, then you don’t have ocd.

  16. I usually count steps sometimes,and it makes me mad when it’s uneven but I stopped myself 😂😂😂 but I didn’t do it for an hour

  17. hey i was diagnosed with ocd but its pretty mild for me i would say, it used to be a lot worse when i was younger. But i have this weird thing that i dont know if its just me or other people do it too, but say i slap the table with my right hand, i then have to do it with left, and if i dont do it the exact same way when i did it with my right, than i will continue to slap it with my left untill its right. Also, i have to slap the table with my right hand, the exact same way my left, when i was trying to imitate my right. why have u wasted your time trying to understand this you confused soul

  18. It’s soooo annoying that people thing they are cool or special by saying they have ocd or other things. I don’t have it, but I can imagine how that might affect someone who does.

  19. Thank u soooo much for putting this out there. It’s so annoying when people use ocd as an adjective for being neat.

  20. I think I have ocd because I have really bad obsessive thoughts that don't go away and I get really anxious and if I don't have ocd then I won't be able to get help and I'm really scared even though I'm pretty sure I have it. I'm getting really bad anxiety right now but I feel like my emotions have been fake and I'm just insane. My face doesn't look distressed and I can't tell if my emotions are real or not anymore…

  21. Exposure therapy?! No I’m living with ocd man… (I’m very sure I have ocd by all the symptoms match8ng myself)

  22. i feel really upset when my friend says that because i have to deal with this i have not been diagnosed though

  23. I think I have this (not sure) because I always check stuff multiple times ,repeat words do not to forget

  24. I don't have OCD I Think But I used to have to use at least 10 pumps of SOAP and wash my hands for 40 seconds ,Its gotten better since I only need 4-5 pumps now and wash 30 seconds,If it's without soap only 40 seconds

    And guess what makes it better,I wasn't cautious about this problem before.I used to use my tablet on the toilet EW Without even cleaning it all with a towel after,Why?Because if I use it after doing my "Business " I'll be touching a place my dirty hands were so now if I DO use it i wipe my iPad 25 times.

  25. OCD in my opinion is one of the most torturous mental disorders. I’ve been diagnosed and your mind can go to some extremely dark places, and unwanted thoughts.

  26. I do have obsessive compulsive disorder. It doesn't affect me as much as it used to, thanks to lots of therapy. When I was younger, I would have to touch certain things, count steps, repeat words many times, make sure things were very neat and orderly, and many other things. I usually have to do two or three of those things for a long period of time, then I get over these habits, and gain new ones. I have very recently lost all of these, and I am trying to keep it that way. I also have autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder.

  27. I hate people who think they have ocd when they don't and when they ask others who they think have it when they don't. Most people think it mean obsessive cleaning disorder many times until I correct them ad show them the many types like such as I have

  28. I shake door handles, make strange noises, increase and than decrease the volume button on a phone many times, keep blinking until it feels right, say sorry to objects when I damage or throw them and that's just me scratching the surface to the types of ocd I have!

  29. I’ve been diagnosed by 3 different psychologist and a psychiatrist. OCD is hell! I get so frustrated with people who say “I’m so OCD” no the hell your not. The constant ruminating about a thought, a fear, a phobia etc. is hell. The rituals are time consuming but you can’t stop unless you actually do it.

  30. My friend has odd adhd and ocd and people always say that they have adhd and ocd ALL THE TIME and my friend always breaks out crying and then gets call a winger

    This is a messed up world

  31. my ocd is somehow weird when I tend to focus on something my mind keep focusing on that thing, I can't stop thinking about it like how is it right now what is wrong with it etc. for now my mind mostly focused on caps lock button on keyboard. for example while I'm playing a game some random thought came into my mind like "Is it glowing right now" "I don't want to type a Capital letter for anyone to see" (even though I rarely communicate with people online)" and I lose or died in-game many times 'cause my eyes weren't looking at the monitor screen but the keyboard… GGWP
    even now I've disabled the caps lock button but those thought still came to my mind like oh is it glowing? even though I disabled it
    ocd wasted my time a lot 'cause I had it since I was 13 or 14 they never stop coming into my head.

  32. You know what, this is so me. I have my own room, and I always keep my room tidy and perfectly clean, then when my relatives came in, they didn't like, make a mess out of it, they just tend to put their things but I always yelled at them for doing so even though it's still clean lol so it annoys other people. I legit never knew what OCD was but then I realized it's a disorder lol. It's sooooooo annoying to have these kinds of disorders. Even my handwritings as well, I always use my correction tape a lot and I always wasted my money go and get a new one only 'cause I really care a damn lot about my stupid handwritings.

  33. Look up OCPD.. that’s what these types of people who say they’re a bit OCD really mean. There’s a name for it and it’s not nearly as tough as true OCD

  34. i rly do think that i have ocd. i’m always locking the doors even when i know they’re locked, im always closing the windows to make sure no one can see me, and i’m always thinking about fake situations that have never happened like someone breaking in my house or someone hurting me. these thoughts are sometimes my dreams but i have these thoughts around once-twice a day.

  35. I get angry, when people say they have OCD. My brother has “Horror OCD”, basically they worst you could ever get. It’s way more, than normal OCD. Normally you would get the thoughts like “ I have to wash my hands 20 times right now”, but he doesn’t. It’s very hard to explain, actually. Not only did it ruin his life, it also ruined my parents and my life. Don’t make fun of it people, I feel like I am living in hell.

  36. As a person who truly has OCD and has been diagnosed, I don't tell people I have OCD since they ask me "You should come clean my house," or "You must be very organized and clean." I don't clean things because I enjoy it, it heavily reduces my anxiety. I also perform rituals dealing with time, numbers, and patterns. OCD is a disorder, and when people say, "I'm so OCD because of that," it's really just a kick in the face. Even though I know they are joking, the joke stemmed off of the misconceptions.

  37. I really hate people who say they have "OCD" just because a picture isn't straight.
    my ocd sure isn't the worse but it still takes over my life in some aspects
    e.g. my main one is with locked doors. when I leave the house and lock the doors i have to violently shake the handle like 5 times and then record me on my phone doing the action to make me satisfied.
    now its started to happening with taps. when turning of a tap i have to press it down hard repeatedly then record it and idk where these have come from. it makes me late to basically everything because some times i could be down the street and think there's a tap on so i have to run back. do my "tap" ocd then lock the door repeatedly…

  38. One weird thing I have to do I, I have to go to the toilet before I got sleep because if not i think "I'm not going to be able to go to sleep without going." And then I think "no it's fine I dont need to go." And then I cant stop thinking about it and have to go eventually.

  39. I don’t know what exactly is up with me, but I have certain “rituals” that I need to do before bed or else I can’t sleep. The biggest one is I have to clear all my apps, click my home button 6 times, turn my phone off, plug it in, read the battery percentage, time and date, then memorize them and say them out loud 3-6 times. Can anyone tell me what this means??

  40. I have OCD if I scratch my left arm I must scratch the write picture frame twisted gotta fix it I make noises or move my arms a lot if somethings up even and I wash my hands don’t share because of germs. Also I count my steps can’t stand on cracks. People who say they have OCD because the clean a lot they are wrong. I hate OCD and I make deals with my self and talk to my self. At school I worry about safety well just anywhere.

  41. I always have to scratch myself evenly, even if it's painful
    For example, if someone hits me not too hard on my arm, I have to hit the other.
    Or if I scratch the top of my mouth, I have to scratch my whole mouth then cover it with my hand.
    It's stupid, and I don't know how to stop it.
    if someone has any related issues to this please reply to this comment

  42. I have massive ocd and i have to do things twice it drives me insane! I have massive ocd and i have to do things twice it drives me insane!

  43. I don’t think I have ocd but I’ll know it runs in the family so I’m not completely sure. I have facial tics and need to blink all the time. I’m also moderately germaphobe and have an obsession with hand sanitizer to the point of where my hands bleed and get dry from it. Help.

  44. I remember my friend saying that I probably have OCD, but I know I don’t.

    I just somewhat have a obsession with making things organised-

  45. I have ocd and I’m happy someone finally made a video on this because it’s annoying when people in my class say they have ocd if they like clean all the time or something

  46. I have Pure O OCD. I’ve just gotten over my hocd obsession. It’s still scary as hell and the compulsions are terrible.

  47. My type of OCD is because i have to wash my damn hands and i can't even control and i keep doing it over and over again. Seriously i have the urge to wash my hands even though i don't wanna. I also have dry hands because i keep washing my hands.
    And ofc i'm not one of those wusses who claim they have ocd but in reality they dont.
    Plus i do not say that i 100% do have ocd. I just think i have OCD.

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