Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects approximately 1 in 40 adults (2.3% of the population) in the United States. Characterized by obsessions (repeated, unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (rituals), OCD symptoms can interfere with many aspects of life, including work, family, and social relationships. A person with OCD may experience agitation, repetitive movements, social isolation, anxiety, depression, fear, nightmares, and more. Obsessions involved with OCD may include fear of losing control, fear of germs or dirt, fear of losing things one may need, need for order and symmetry, intense focus on superstitions, and more.
Celebrities are just like everyone else when it comes to mental illnesses; many celebrities have become more open about their disorders and how its affected their lives. The following are 5 celebrities who also experience OCD:
- Lena Dunham – of HBO’s “Girls” show, Lena told Vogue magazine that she used to feel debilitated by her anxiety; she said that as a child she was terrified to leave her house – causing her to miss 74 days total of the 10th grade. Lena has now addressed OCD on her HBO series as well as personal essays describing her experiences with therapy.
- Leonardo DiCaprio – as a child, Leonardo explained, “stepping on cracks on the way to school and having to walk back a block and step on that same crack or gum stain.”
- David Beckham – he told the UK’s, “The Independent”, that he has to have everything either in a straight line or everything in pairs. His OCD has directly impacted many areas of his life, and David has discussed the severity of his disorder.
- Charlize Theron – Charlize told ABC News that she struggles with the compelling need to keep things tidy and organized, especially since the birth of her baby boy.
- Jessica Alba – Jessica told CosmoGirl, “I used to unplug every single appliance in my house or I’d double check every door in my house to make sure it was locked at night.”
As you can see, many others struggle with symptoms of OCD. However, this doesn’t mean that you or anyone else are doomed to struggle with these symptoms forever – treatment is possible. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about various programs and which might work best for you.
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