Although my doctor hasn't diagnosed me as suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of time. For as long as I can remember, I've been overly fixated with order, lists, the number eight, and I just can't stop double checking everything in sight. Apparently — and this is common for many people with a panic/anxiety disorder — I'm prone to OCD tendencies. It's ridiculously exhausting.
You may not be like Jack Nicholson's character in As Good As It Gets, but if you just put your shoes in order for the 10th time this week, then you might have some OCD tendencies, too. Here are 15 ways you know you too might be a little obsessive-compulsive. (WebMd, be damned!)
You DOUBLE-CHECK EVERYTHING
It doesn’t matter that you know, for a fact, that the stove is off. You just can’t help yourself.
YOU SPEND A LOT (AND I MEAN A LOT) OF TIME RE-CLEANING THINGS
Have a roommate who just, in your humble opinion, can’t clean the bathroom right? Yeah, best to be sure about that soap scum.
YOU Like Doing Things IN ORDER
What do you mean lunch before morning coffee?! I don’t care if it’s noon! Coffee must come first!
YOU HAVE A FAVORITE NUMBER
My favorite number is eight, and because of this I’m addicted to eight, and multiples of it. My alarm cock is eight minutes fast, when I double check everything it’s in eights, and when I saw Hannah on Girls had an addiction to eight too, I almost lost my shit. Get out of my brain, Lena!
IF WALLPAPER IS EVEN SLIGHTLY OFF, YOU’RE LIABLE TO START PACING AND GETTING NERVOUS
How could someone do this to ME?! Why is this happening?!
MAKING LISTS IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY
Hell, you don't even need a reason; you just make lists BECAUSE YOU CAN.
AND GETTING TO CROSS THINGS OFF Said List IS, LITERALLY, THE SECOND-MOST EXCITING PART OF YOUR DAY
SAME THING GOES FOR ORGANIZING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT
It all looks so… livable.
BECAUSE WHEN THINGS AREN’T ORGANIZED, IT’S PRETTY MUCH THE END OF THE WORLD
And you GET ANXIOUS BY THE DISARRAY OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOMES, STOVE TOPS, FRIDGES … YOU NAME IT
IF SOMETHING BAD/STRANGE/SCARY/UPSETTING HAPPENS, YOU CAN’T. STOP. THINKING. ABOUT. IT.
Because what if it had been done differently? What if you didn’t do what you did when you could have done otherwise? WHAT IF?!
A BROKEN NAIL can RUIN YOUR DAY
And not because of some absurd cliché, but because now all your nails are no longer the same length, and that’s the worst.
THOSE MESSY KETCHUP AND MAPLE SYRUP TOPS AT DINERS IS THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES
Especially WHEN YOU GET THEM ON YOU
Not just germs, but sticky germs.
YOU PROBABLY REREAD A COUPLE OF THESE JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU READ THEM CORRECTLY IN THE FIRST PLACE
Because how else are you supposed to get through a post?
You probably also found a typo.