8. You constantly worry about worst-case, irrational scenarios that everyone else says “would never happen to you.”
Your obsessiveness is at your worst because you can realize that you’re thinking irrationally, but you cannot stop yourself. You often visualize bad things happening, and then need a visual distraction just to push the mental images out of your head.
9. You need to write all of your to dos — work to dos and life to dos — down in a notebook.
When you have OCD, you keep your fears in the forefront of your mind when you’re going through an obsessive period. This leaves you worried that everything else that should be on your mind will slip through the cracks. In short, OCD can make you forgetful because you can’t focus on your jarring obsessions and your real life all at the same time. You are constantly writing down things to do, texting yourself reminders, and leaving notes for yourself just to make sure you’re covered.
Written by Maya Kachroo-Levine