Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Recently I have been watching a show on TV called Obsessed on A&E. It is about people who suffer from OCD. I never realized how many different types of OCD there are and to what extent some people will go to accommodate for their OCD. Some types of OCD may have started out as a mild phobia that has just gone completely out of control.

I can completely understand how these things happen to people. I have several things that I do that could be considered OCD and I try very hard to hide them and also to not let these things control me.

One thing is my bathroom phobia. One of the first things I have ever done any time that we have moved is change the toilet seats. Just the thought of someone I do not know sitting on them makes me sick. For this very reason I cannot use a public restroom. I do not know who was just on that toilet. I can go for hours without using the restroom. For years I haven’t been able to use the restroom at work and I knew who else is using it. I wait until I get home from work. My family knows that is the first thing I do when I walk in the door. This is something that my kids have had to suffer through. I do everything possible to not take them to the restroom when we are out. I usually have someone else that is with us take them for me or we go home. Just thinking about having to go into a public restroom makes me quiver. I can’t even remember the last time I used a public restroom. I could go on and on about the whole experience and how sick it makes me, but lucky for you readers, I will save that for another day.

I have many other little things that just bother me and I try to avoid, like door handles, handrails, basically things that so many other people touch. I can’t help but think about where their hands were last and what I am going to get on my hands if I touch it also. I try hard to overcome this by walking through doors that are open, I can push open with my elbows or having someone else open the door.

I have a few other little ones, but these are actually pretty minor considering the one that I keep a big secret from almost everyone. First you guys tell me a little about any obsessive things that you do and then I will share with you my secret obsession. In a million years I don’t think that any of you would be able to guess it or have it yourself.



Guinevere said...

I'm the same way about public restrooms and, yes, I change the toilet seats first thing when we move to a new place! I can use a public restroom, though, if they have the toilet seat covers, but otherwise it's just icky and I can make toilet paper work as a seat cover if I really need to.

I have no idea what your secret obsession might be, but I'm very curious now!!! lol

Becca said...

I don't have any real phobias so to speak, but I can never sleep in our bed when Mitch is gone. I don't know if it is too big, it is a king sized bed, or the fact that I am used to another person being there with me, but I cannot get comfortable when he is not there.

White Hot Magik said...

I am not sure if I have any secret obsessions. I did find out I am bit claustrophobic. I think my phobias are more like obsessing over whether or what people think of me, or if I did something wrong. It sure drives me crazy at times!