It starts to affect your partner’s life, too, and soon you realize it’s more than a quirk.
In this case, it’s OCD, an anxiety disorder which approximately two million Americans have (and probably more do who are undiagnosed).
To try to control them, a person will feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors called compulsions. Like I said, it tends to appear during times of stress or when my life lacks control.
People with OCD can't control these obsessions and compulsions. And since it is sometimes dormant and practically nonexistent, when the OCD does emerge, I’m like, “Where the heck did you come from … It’ll emerge out of the blue, like that friend you don’t really want to hang out with (you’re tired and just want to go to bed), but they pressure you and talk you into it and suddenly you're out till 4 a.m.
I’m on a date, and we’re sharing some homemade potato chips at a cool new cafe in town. I watch this in slow motion, repulsed and trying not to make a disgusted face. ) and NOT on the potato chip and my hypothetical being-kissed fate.