I suffer with OCD. I’m special?
When I tell people that I’m on a psychiatric medication, people of course ask “For what?”
The moment I tell them OCD, I see a spark in their eyes.
7 out of 10, people’s reactions are “Woah… OCD… that’s different”
Few people even told me I’m a special one because they’ve “only” met people that suffer from anxiety and depression and apparently, “everyone” is on medication for those disorders.
When I hear these things, I don’t know what to say.
Am I suppose to say thank you? Am I suppose to acknowledge my “special disorder” because it’s not as common?
It frustrates me and breaks my heart how much the number of people on medication increased so dramatically in the recent years. I never imagined myself to be taking psychiatric medication, but here I am. I can no longer blurt out or make fun of “big pharma” because I am also the one that is getting help from it.
I feel lost at times. I don’t mean to “degrade” anyone that is on medication for anxiety and depression. I also suffer from minor anxiety and had a severe depressive episode myself, and it is NOT easy.
But what do I say when I get those reactions? I don’t want to be special nor get pity.
I am NO different just because I’m on medication.
I suffer with OCD, and I am NOT special.