Yes David - you are correct. The problem is when the affliction escalates out of control - for example Howard Hughes would repeatedly wash hands until they started to bleed.
Until recently there was very little understanding of OCD with a lot of quckery and nonsense "treatment". A very simple and effective is the ERP methos (exposure - response prevention). For example, the sufferers have to three times check a lock to make sure that a car, house door is locked. With great discipline and initial effort you check it only twice or only once -- and that particular obssessive "need" dissipates and goes away.
Left untreated it can completely escalate -- as in poor Tesla and Hughes....
Sometimes I myself wish I would have some of it. When we have been much smaller animals and sitting on a branch during the night I bet these with OCD had a much higher survival rate.... ;-))
@Bert....that's easy. From your point of view, most people are careless slobs. From THEIR point of view you have OCD.
As others have pointed out, mild OCD is a very desirable quality in an engineer. So as long as you associate with like minded people, your OCD traits don't get you down, and you don't allow the slobbiness of others to get you down too much, you're doing good. And that's all that matters.
Susan said: It's wierd how the mind "malfunctions" -- it's a wonder it works at all.
Well, for me OCD is a feature, not a bug. I think it makes me a better engineer since I obsess about details and unlikely failure modes and "nice to have" options that marketing hasn't specified yet but may some day.
I am not sure OCD requires treatment...according to some estimates 10-15% people have it...mild forms of OCD are not hurtful, quite teh opposite, my desk at home and at work is the most organized and cleanest, and I tend to be very efficient in what I do!
Interesting. I'm guessing doctors probably did not have very good treatments for OCD back in Hughes' day and no treat in Tesla's. It's wierd how the mind "malfunctions" -- it's a wonder it works at all.