Famous people with OCD and their compulsions

Many well known people such as Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham and Charlize Theron have stated they have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Despite being a debilitating disorder it can be overcome, and hasn’t prevented some of the people in this list achieving their goals in very successful careers.

Here are five famous people that have been diagnosed, or shown signs of OCD.

Daniel Radcliffe has OCD

Even wizards can suffer with OCD.

Daniel Radcliffe has spoken openly about his disorder and therapy. According to The Sun, he has stated the following about the condition.

Radcliffe’s compulsions of repeating words under his breath, and taking five minutes to turn off a light are examples of compulsive behavior.

He has also opened up about alcohol addiction, and those with OCD are at greater risk of substance abuse. It is believed that up to 30% of those with OCD experience substance abuse in their lives, possibly as a way to help ease the stresses of OCD.

David Beckham has OCD

David Beckham has always been a perfectionist on the field, and this could very well be down to his obsessive mindset. He practiced his free kicks religiously, something he was truly world class at.

In this article from the Independent, he talks about his obsessive rituals at home:

It seems Beckham has struggled with the ordering subtype of OCD. 

Charlize Theron has OCD

The South African actress has mentioned her OCD on a few occasions, the following was said on the Australian show ‘Kyle and Jackie O‘ and shared by the Irish Independent:

I have OCD, which is not fun. I have to be incredibly tidy and organised or it messes with my mind and switches off on me.

Cleaning and organizing compulsions in OCD are common, despite being a problematic stereotype of OCD as a whole.

Leonardo DiCaprio (possibly) has OCD

Leonardo DiCaprio played a character with OCD in the movie The Aviator, and has suffered with compulsive behavior himself. According to various sources he refrained from controlling this to play the character more accurately, but this led to it getting out of control as a result.

Avoiding gum stains on the pavement and resisting the urge to walk through doorways are the compulsions he has struggled with. Other sources claim DiCaprio has said he does not suffer with OCD however.

Jessica Alba has OCD

The actress told CosmoGirl that she has had problems with obsessive behavior.

Checking is a common subtype of OCD and can really interfere with a sufferers day.

Whether or not these are evidence of OCD is up for speculation without a diagnosis. But what we do know is that obsessive rituals can affect anyone and everyone.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be incredibly debilitating, and treatment is encouraged.

This article should be motivating for anyone with such a condition, knowing that it doesn’t have to hold you back. 

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