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Secretly, Aren't We All A Little Obsessed?
The World's Lovable Detective With Compulsion Disorder
I'm what you would call a recovering hypochondriac. Any new illness, any new disease, whether it be mental or physical, if I exhibited even the inkling of a symptom, I must have been it's newest victim.
Although I never received any professional help for my 'condition', it was the sheer exhaustion of always believing that I was sick (or would eventually succumb to said illnesses), and the gift of birthing children (who has time to think about getting sick when you're running around after two toddlers all day long?) that made me drop my paralysing habit.
Nevertheless, on occasions I do catch myself reverting back to the days of yore, making me wonder if I've simply switched one obsession with another. One such occasion crept up us as I sat watching the new A&E documentary Obsessed.
I was amazed at how otherwise seemingly normal individuals; often due to a traumatic event in their lives; struggle daily with compulsions or fears and concerns that border on disorders. Peering into the lives of these individuals - who were brave enough to share their experiences with the world - made me question my own way of dealing with life's difficulties.
Honestly, no matter who we are, we all share a common bond with those displayed in this candid documentary. We are simply imperfect humans with fears, concerns, and idiosyncrasies, struggling to find balance and a measure of peace and serenity.
Whether some are hardwired to react the way they do, or if ones upbringing or environment factors into the equation, is hard to determine. Nevertheless, if we're truly honest with ourselves, aren't we all a little obsessed about something?
Personally, in addition to being a self confessed germaphobe and a neat-freak, I just happened to share a fear with one of the brave souls being documented - a fear of losing my teeth! Does this mean that I too border on an obsessive compulsive disorder? When does one's fear stop being normal and turn into an obsession?
As I continued watching (mesmerized by some of the striking similarities of my life to those displayed on the television screen), I came to the realization that when your fears, concerns, behaviors, or "rituals" begin to eat away at you emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually; takes valuable time away from your family and friends; or drastically changes who you are (inside and out - leaving a mere shell of the individual those around you once knew and loved), then maybe, just maybe, you've crossed that very thin and often easily blurred line. Soooo... I guess I'm doing okay, for now! But then who knows - psychiatry is far from my expertise.
For whatever it's worth, this show has really opened my eyes to just how fragile one can quickly become when just the right circumstances present themselves. Never should we be so quick to judge or brush aside another's fears, phobias, or concerns as mere ramblings of a "crazy" person. For we never know when we might be the ones "obsessed".