Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Confessions of an Obsessive Compulsive Mom

Okay, tell me please - why, if you like to clean, are you labeled as having OCD? Twenty years ago SAHMs who kept a tidy abode were not asked if they needed anxiety pills. But these days you have some type of disorder if you show any "strange" personality trait. As far as I can tell, I should be on a multitude of perscription meds. I bounce my legs a lot, so I must have Restless Leg Syndrome (or a newborn). I like to keep things clean, so I must have OCD (or two kids, a husband, five birds, and a dog to pick up after), I have many interests, therefore I MUST have ADHD (or simply a multitude of interests), I am concerned for my children's health and well-being, Bitch you have anxiety issues (or just trying to stay on top of things)... Yeah. Oh, also, I am paranoid (because I feel like the media is trying to diagnose my kid on some kind of autism spectrum with every new medical update).

So what do you want from us, Society? Just a pack of people on pills with no creative thoughts, no free thinking at all? Don't misunderstand me, I KNOW there are folks out there with honest-to-goodness medical issues that require the use of very helpful solutions in pill form. I applaud people for being honest and brave enough to seek help.
But man, all of these LABELS. My children are going to grow up in a society where they will constantly be evaluated for something wrong and that scares the hell out of me.
It bothers me, what can I say. I question a lot of things, so I must be a blemish on the face of America.
I'm sure there is a medical term for it and a pill I can pop for it.


kompostela said...

Don't worry you are not alone. There are a lot of people who are struggle with society all their lives.
Don't think too much of what you are doing not like others. Think about your goals. The dogs bark but camelcade is going. Just go ahead.

You can't choose for your children what things take from others and what to refuse. You can only hope that your love will guard them and they will be wise enough to make right choice.
It must be only thier choice...

Anonymous said...

Crap... I think I must be crazy, too. I don't take meds (yet) but after reading this, I think something is wrong with me. I think I need help.
Oh yeah, have I mentioned this yet? I'm a hypochondriac. Hehe.