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Description: Have you ever referred to a friend’s behavior as “so-OCD”? or have your friend ever referred to behaviors of yours that way? OCD, which stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is one of those psychology terms that has become part of common speech and popular culture (like calling someone who is a stickler for order “anal” even if you are not aware of Freud’s notion of Anal Retentiveness). I am not at all opposed to psychology and psychology terms and concepts getting out into their world and becoming part of our day-to-day language. However, when psychology terms become parts of common language, we run the risk of losing sight of how helpful it can be for people who are dealing with psychological symptoms and issues to have opportunities to better understand what is going on and what can be done to reduce or eliminate those things that are bothering or challenging them. In such cases, using psychological terms to humorously tag samples of friends’ behavior may not be helpful at all. I am not saying this should stop but I am going to suggest that once in a while you take the time to find out just what psychological signs, symptoms and disorders these “throw-away” psychology references are actually referring to. I occasionally provide possible links and for doing this in this blog but there are some very good sites out there that provide background, insight, and information about recognizing symptoms and seeking or providing support to find therapeutic assistance for those who may need it (be it you or your friend(s)). The links below, from, provide a very well put together overview of OCD, from symptoms to treatments (and with self-assessment tools like the one in the second link below) in it. It is a valuable source of research tested information that can help you or help you help someone you know who is struggling with symptoms of OCD but does not know what to make of them or what to do about them. Acting from a solid knowledge base is the best way to be helpful when you or someone you know is facing mental health issues. Acting from solid knowledge is also a good way to avoid or reduce the stigmatization that can be associated with psychological issues as well. So, have a read and keel the links handy, Odds are good that you or someone you know will or IS struggling with issues related to OCD and you can reduce their anxiety guide them thoughtfully towards proper assistance with the information you can find at these links.

Source: Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Christina Gregory, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Test& Self-Assessment, Kathleen Smith,

Date: January 28, 2018

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So, do you feel better informed and better prepared to act in a supportive way when you or a friend encounters signs or symptoms of OCD? Being knowledgeable about mental health issues is a nature outcome of taking a basic psychology course or two but you can also arm yourself with the reliable, valid, basic mental health knowledge you need to act in your own best mental health interests and to assist others in doing so as well simply by spending a little time with resources like those provided by this blog and by sites like It WILL be time well spent AND it will also be interesting!

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What are some of the symptoms of OCD?
  2. What are some of the differences between OCD as a disorder and “OCD” as in “that’s so ocd”?
  3. What should you do if you think a friend of yours might be struggling with OCD or if a friends tells you they think they are struggling with OCD?

References (Read Further):

Veale, D., & Roberts, A. (2014). Obsessive-compulsive disorder. BMJ, 348, g2183.

Koen, N., & Stein, D. J. (2015). Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder. In Neurobiology of Brain Disorders (pp. 621-638).–Compulsive_Disorder/links/56fbec6408ae1b40b8063f5c.pdf

Baldwin, D. S., Anderson, I. M., Nutt, D. J., Allgulander, C., Bandelow, B., den Boer, J. A., … & Malizia, A. (2014). Evidence-based pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder: a revision of the 2005 guidelines from the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 28(5), 403-439.

Öst, L. G., Havnen, A., Hansen, B., & Kvale, G. (2015). Cognitive behavioral treatments of obsessive–compulsive disorder. A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies published 1993–2014. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 156-169.