I do have my handful of disorders in disarray, but that’s not what I’m here for, just a general question that popped in my head. OCD is a very real condition that people do suffer from, but there are the non-suffers who claim to be under the influence of OCD, who just get the satisfaction of an &”OCD-fix” (ie seeing a ball fall into a hole that seems like the hole was designed for said ball). Does this mean that every human has some type of OCD that is a more of toned-down version for the people who have it classed under the mental condition, or is it some type of satisfaction that our brain produces chemicals for, like dopamine?

A. I’m not aware of any research that suggests that everyone has OCD. According to researchers, the lifetime prevalence of OCD among adults is approximately 2.3%. In the general population, it is said to affect approximately 2.2 million adults.

What you might be noticing, is the pop culture use of the term “OCD.” It could be that people are using it to mean things that it doesn’t. Commentators have noticed that it is often used inappropriately, to describe people who have certain idiosyncrasies or quirks. Some people might not realize that they are using it incorrectly.

It also seems that some people think it’s funny to joke about OCD. They will say things like “that was so OCD of me” or “he is so OCD.” I have even seen T-shirts that have jokes about OCD on them. Many people find these offensive.

Thankfully, OCD is a highly treatable condition with counseling and therapy. Hopefully you’re receiving the proper treatment and will eventually be able to count yourself among the non-OCD sufferers. Thank you for your question.

Dr. Kristina Randle