When we look a someone life Jesse Owen we don’t look at them as being defective, broken, or disabled. We perceive them as someone who is special, gifted and talented sports phenomenon because it happens so rarely. Yet the reality is Jesse was not much different from someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder. They are both naturally occurring anomalies or phenomenon’s!!! It requires many years of research and development of special training and education programs for either one of these individuals to reach their full potential. The difference is how we have been taught to perceive and treat each of these conditions.
OCD is a medical term used to define someone who exhibits an uncontrollable obsessive compulsive behavior. We all have experienced this behavior under certain situations in our own lives. In fact it is a totally natural behavior and it is on of the basic defense mechanism built into our DNA. Here is an example that we know many of you have probably experienced in your life. We all love to go on a vacation. What make this experience unique is that it is something that we choose to do that expends outside of the realm of our normal daily routines, experiences and knowledge. These three conditions trigger a very specific behavior pattern that it outside our normal behavior patterns because we a venturing into something that we do not do on a routine habitual basis.
The stress that is created from the time you decided to take a vacation up to the point you finally arrived at your destination is all part of your body’s natural defense mechanism acting to prevent you from doing any harm to yourself that may result from taking these actions. This this stress starts at the point you begin doing research into all the different places that you think you would like to go. The stress increases from the time you start planning out your trip to the point that you are finally on your fight heading to your destination.
By your departure date your have not only exhibited OCD behaviours, you now have developed a highly elevated level of anxiety. In fact your OCD induce anxiety on that day is so high that…
- You run around double checking to make sure the lights are off.
- You throw out all the perishable food in the fridge,
- You make sure all the windows and doors are locked.
- You go through your luggage one more time just to make sure you have not forgotten to pack anything.
- You double and triple check that you your airplane tickets to make sure you have them.
- … add infinitum
Finally, the pacing starts because you a praying your cab shows up on time so that you can get to the airport in time for your flight. Once you get to the airport you suddenly find yourself questioning yourself again to make sure you have everything you will need. You approach the check in counter and start scrabbling to find your ticket because you forgot where you put them. Finally, you on the plane heading off to your destination. You finally start to relax because I have forgotten something it too late to go back. If you were to look back at all the stress you created for yourself just to get away and relax you might just begin to asking yourself…. What’s the point of going away on a vacation if this is what I have to go through?
We used this real life experience as an example of how the natural OCD defense mechanism is supposed to work. The difference between you and someone who has been diagnosed with OCD is that the mechanisms that shut off this defense mechanism does not work properly. The most unfortunate thing about OCD is that it is perceived and treated as disorder rather than as an extreme variance of the natural mental though and behavior process. This same issue exists for all medically diagnosed mental disorders not just OCD!
The reality is that OCD is not a disorder it is a naturally occurring birth phenomenon. OCD is merely how the body and mind reacts in response to external conditions that exist in the world around. As Bill and his parents have discovered, if you treat it like a gift and figure out what are the causes linked to OCD manifested behaviors you can very effectively turn this condition into one that is of great benefit to the individual who has this ability. Bill does not have OCD the way he perceives his condition is that he has OCP. OCP is Obsessive Compulsive Phenomenon which is his gifted ability that enables him to effortlessly resolve very complex problems because of his obsessive compulsive thought process.
So we are asking you to do is take a moment and start changing your perception of someone who you know to have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. The next time you meet up with them, take time to understand their condition, and with a open mind help them to see their possibilities in life rather than the societal imposed limitations they have been forced to accept!!! Remember they are just like you but they have special gifts that have been inappropriately diagnosed, treated and publicly miss represented by the medical profession. WE are all human beings and it is a basic human right to live life with purpose, meaning and dignity free from mistreatment, stigmatization and discrimination!!
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