Sheldon Cooper. The quirky housemate whose mannerisms and scientific rants have become a trademark in Channel 4’s Big Bang Theory. His propensity to stop just short of spontaneous combustion if it’s not the right day to wash clothes, his preoccupation with a certain seat in his flat and his door knocking ritual (knock three times quickly, say the person’s name – then repeat) make us simultaneously chuckle and grit our teeth.
It’s great television. But living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is no laughing matter. It’s not that brief panic that you’ve left the iron on, or a tap running. OCD brings intrusive thoughts combined with an exaggerated sense of responsibility should things go wrong.
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