Perks of Having OCD?


Recently through attending a mental health themed event on campus and then joining the club that helped run the event I have met someone else with OCD at my school. YAYYYY. I was so excited to finally know someone else with OCD on campus because it is indescribably amazing anytime you have a conversation with someone else that truly understands all of the layers and complexities of the condition.

We ended up getting together for coffee and having a long chat about OCD that covered a wide range of topics. One topic we discussed was trying to think of any positives that come out of having OCD. We we’re half-serious, half-joking but either way I think being able to laugh at yourself can be a very powerful tool. Put that with practicing thinking on the bright side and you may have yourself a winning combination to help you get through tough times.

Of course, this list does not mean to undermine the severity or seriousness of OCD in anyway. I’m very passionate about raising awareness for what OCD truly is and clearing up misconceptions or jokes about the condition. Nonetheless, as long as you also understand how debilitating OCD can be, a good laugh can go a long way when you’re frustrated with OCD and want to loosen it’s grip a tad.


Here are…a few perks of having OCD!

1. You develop a really long attention span.

You want me to work on something for 8 hours straight? Sure, no problem! I already do that all the time!

2. You have an amazing memory.

Memorizing a long chain of numbers is child’s play…because I seriously spent hours doing this as a child.

3. Your brainstorming skills are top notch.

Need 10 different ways this can happen? I’ll give ya 20!

4. You aced math class.

When you’ve spent many extra hours doing math in your head to prevent catastrophes all that practice sure comes in handy!

5. You are great to have around in a disaster.

A fire?? I’ve been preparing for this in my thoughts for years!


And last but not least, my favorite perk:

6. You learn how to take chances and become a master at living with uncertainty.

If working on my OCD in therapy has taught me anything, it’s how to push past anxiety and just take the chance. Maybe something bad will happen, most likely it won’t, but I’m going to take the chance anyway and live my life with more freedom.



P.S. If you like this style of humor, the article below is hilarious:

WWN’s Guide To Pretending You Have OCD to Seem More Interesting


  1. True that!

    I guess I’m also really hard to rob, because I’m super-aware of my surroundings, meaning I know what kind of people are around me at all times – what they do look like, if they’re alone or in a group and what they’re doing with their hands 😛

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  2. Yeah – throw in organizing and cleaning – “Need your closet organized – I’ll organize it and then some!! – I’ll organize it right the first time and then KEEP organizing just to make sure!” “I have OCD and own my own cleaning service – I charge by the DAY not by the hour!!”

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      • And it was the perfect place to hide without being discovered. Libraries can be great places for people with OCD to work while struggling with their compulsions!

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  3. None of these perks except the last one are true for me (….Be able to live with uncertainty). My OCD developed as a result of a traumatic brain injury. So I have poor memory, I’m average at math (don’t have the type of OCD), sustained attention can be tiring (except when playing video games…tee hee) and challenging (exacerbated ADD), and I just don’t recognize the OCD in brainstorming.


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