Many people perform OCD-type rituals every day. Who hasn’t gone back home to make sure that an appliance is off or reassembled items sitting on a desk to make them look more symmetrical? But it’s the obsessive, repeated and uncontrollable nature of these rituals that differentiates the OCD sufferer from a healthy person. These obsessive thoughts are also accompanied by extreme anxiety, which is then channeled into the ritual, itself seen as some sort of stress-management tool.
Sounds vaguely familiar…I’ve spoken of this in less public forums. Those of you who know will get it. “Arranging items in a symmetrical or orderly manner.”? Um, er..