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Abbie's Story

It's a common misconception that people who suffer with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) are obsessed with cleanliness and can't handle items being out of place. While this is true in some cases, it is far too wide a generalisation.


OCD is a phrase that can be slung around . I'm sure many of us have heard someone say "oh I'm so OCD" or "oh she's got OCD" without really knowing the full extent or implications of what this really entails.


So, when I was younger, my dads house had a leak. And I don't just mean a drop of water. There was water leaking through the bathroom floor into the kitchen below. My parents were divorced, so as I returned home to my mums house, I progressively was showing signs of obsessive behaviour. It's so long ago to think about but it got to the point I would just sit with my eyes fixated on the toilet, on pipes, waiting for anything to happen. I even wrapped towels around the pipes and attached they with my hair clips to keep it there.