OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has many manifests which ranges from hypersensitivity which is very common to other behaviour like hyper-responsibility, lying and honesty. The inflated sense of responsibility, and honesty becomes too much to handle and often leads the person to suffer even more.
Hyper-Responsibility and OCD
The inflated sense of responsibility makes the person believe that they are controlling the things which are happening in the world, although they have very little control on their surroundings. There could be many ways in which the hyper-responsibility starts showing its effects. In some cases it shows in terms of the relations to other’s feelings. The person thinks that they are responsible for everyone else’s happiness, and all the times neglects their own feeling. Sometimes, people think that their presence can hurt others, so they isolate themselves from their friends and peers. Another symptoms of responsibility going out of control is people start giving charity and that too an exorbitant amount. All the mails are generally answered by checks and stop saving any money for themselves. They think the world can be saved by their charity.
The below serenity prayer says it all for the inflating sense of responsibility among OCD sufferers:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Lying and OCD
Another manifest of OCD is lying and often to hide the Obsessive nature about many things. Like one of the kid always lied about his hunger and appetite, making excuses of being tired, etc. The real reason was OCD which made him think that there are finger prints all over the walls and places. These people even though diagnosed with OCD, always lies and say, they are fine, although deep inside they have some thought of obsessive nature. The children lie about taking medicines, all the things which are related to disease and its cure can be lied for. It can be fear of being found out, the fear of what others will think, OCD sufferers lie a lot and it is one of the major manifest of the symptoms.
Honesty and OCD
The above manifest of OCD on Lying has another dimension as well in the form of Honesty. Many of the OCD sufferers has a honesty issues as part of their disorder. They are so afraid of lying that daily they review their entire day within their minds to ensure all what they said was true or not. They many a times accept all the wrongdoing as well as things which they do not do, thinking they might have done it accidentally. Their sense of honesty comes along with hyper-responsibility to keep their loved ones and the world, of course, safe and protected. They have a heightened sense of morality as well.