The hidden costs of OCD

Posted on: June 2nd, 2021

The phone rings.

‘Excuse me madam, we are extremely concerned about the amount of water your household is using, and strongly advise you check your property. We think you must have a leaking pipe. It is the only thing that could explain how a household of two people could use more than a typical household of six. Unless you can think of any other explanation?’

‘Unfortunately, yes, I can. My daughter has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder’.

Despite her concern for the planet; despite her personal concern for her bank account, (I passed the water bills over to her years ago, refusing to foot the bills for such excessive use of water), despite the rows this causes… she has been unable to reduce the amount of water she uses when showering, handwashing, using the toilet.

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