Flickr photo by igadgetszone.comIs it just me, or are we all a little OCD? I like my clothes to hang color-coordinated in my closet. WHAT!?
In an exclusive interview with Allure mag, actress Megan Fox admits to her own OCD tendencies that include avoiding public restrooms. "Every time someone uses a bathroom and they flush, all the bacteria is shot into the air." Here's some advice on managing OCD ...
Deborah Roth Ledley, PhD, author of Becoming a Calm Mom: How to Manage Stress and Enjoy the First Year of Motherhood and founder of the website TheCalmMom.com, says, "OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts that are often scary, odd, or unusual, i.e, poop particles floating in the air after flushing a toilet -- good way to react is simply saying to oneself, 'Hmmm ... interesting thought,' rather than getting all in a panic."
Fox refuses to eat off restaurant silverware. "Putting my mouth where a million other mouths have been, just knowing all the bacteria that you carry in your mouth? Ucch!" Ledley advises: "If a person has the thought that they will get ill from eating off a spoon from a restaurant, take a deep breath and EAT! Feared outcomes are highly unlikely to occur."
Lastly, Fox admits to seeking extreme solitude. "I could go days, weeks, without talking to another human being. I hate receiving compliments. I hate being told I'm talented or people think I'm going to be a movie star." Ledley warns: People who have OCD and are suffering distress and impairment because of it should seek help from an expert in the treatment of OCD. Great referrals are available at OCFoundation.org.
Have you learned to manage your OCD? Please share.