PHOTO PROMPT © Penny Gadd
She adheres to routines: waking/morning/bedtime rituals; how shopping lists are composed; when and how she pays her bills; her garden/lawn watering/mowing schedules. The doctor calls it *OCD, whatever that means. He’s prescribed pills to her, but she’s never filled the prescription.
Each morning at precisely nine a.m., she walks to the stream and gives herself fifteen minutes to sit at the water’s edge.
This morning she notices a small green frog on a rock a few feet away – and each morning afterwards. Hmm, she thinks. I’m not the only one who has routines. She smiles, now fully relaxed.
♦OCD is an abbreviation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which is defined [short definition] by the American Psychiatric Association as: a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors … can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.
♦I’m not diagnosing this character with OCD.
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