I hear it all the time from friends, family, and work colleagues. “Why don’t you focus on something else and the thoughts will go away”. If it were only that easy, OCD wouldn’t exist! I think this mindset comes from the fact that many people think of OCD as a quirk. An example is someone who likes their pens set on their desk a certain way, or someone who likes to put their thermostat on even numbers only. This, by itself, is not OCD.
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