scrupulosity-comics · a day ago
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the terror of being found by something seeking a frontier
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sweetpeauserboxes · a day ago
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[id: a light pink userbox with a teal border, on the side is a picture of a cartoon white puppy holding heart, with teal text that reads “this user has ocd”]
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neopronouns · 15 hours ago
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an autism/ocd/tourette’s/adhd combo flag and a clinical lycanthropy/delusional attachment flag for anon!
the first flag has two stripes from the autism flag, two stripe from the ocd flag, two stripe from the adhd flag, and a jagged stripe outlined in white inspired by the tourette’s flag. the send uses the format and five stripes from the clinical lycanthropy flag and four stripes from the delusional attachment flag!
flag id: the left flag has 9 stripes. the fourth, fifth, and sixth are jagged, with the fifth being larger than the other two. in order, they are very dark blue-grey, turquoise, light yellow, white, gold, white, sandy brown, red, and very dark red. the right flag has 9 stripes, with the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth being roughly half the size of the rest. in order, they are yellowish-grey, dark red, orange, dark grey, dark purple, light grey, light green, dark sky blue, and dark red-brown. end id.
dni transcript here
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Me: Wow, since I've painted my nails black, it's helped me get rid of my nail biting compulsion as well as some problems that came from having short nails, this is great!
My OCD: pick pick pick pick pickpickapickapickpickpickapickpickpick
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writing-and-nutmeg · 9 months ago
I think, therefore I am (exhausted)
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beautifuldarkmind · 7 months ago
I'm jealous of those who can function like a normal human being. They don’t have anxiety holding them back from everything, they don’t struggle to get out of bed or have to put on an act that everything is fine when its not. They don’t struggle to hold friendships and relationships... they don’t feel sad for no fucking reason everyday. Those that can hold jobs and work towards their dreams, the ones who have self esteem and see the beauty in themselves. Those that know what its like to feel safe and secure, not insecure and fearful of it all. 
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digital-medic · a year ago
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OP what.is.mental.illness [Instagram]
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tfw-adhd · 10 months ago
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chaoticgouda · a year ago
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[ID: Six hands clasping each other’s wrists in a circle, against a blue and cloudy sky. In the centre of the circle is the text “Wait, that’s a SYMPTOM?!”. There is text on each of the hands, as well. Starting at the top and going clockwise, they read “Autism”, “OCD”, “Dyslexia”, “Depression”, “Anxiety”, and “ADHD”. End description.]
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dreambeetles · 29 days ago
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This movie is very important to me <3 so I thought I'd do a spread of my fav character, Bruno!
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neurodivergent-noodle · 2 months ago
dissociation is not the same as zoning out.
really liking something is not the same as having a hyperfixation.
being tempted to do something is not the same as a compulsion.
not being good at spelling is not the same as being dyslexic, having maths anxiety is not the same as having dyscalculia, and being clumsy is not the same as being dyspraxic.
dying your hair a funky colour and then spending a weekend alone is not the same as having a mental breakdown.
stop using specific psychological words to mean something different to what it really means.
because conflating a normal experience everyone has with a symptom or trait of a mental illness or neurodivergence causes real harm. it takes the meaning away from a word meant to describe a specific, and often challenging, experience.
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sevenclocks · 4 months ago
“i am literally insane” i say as i display a common trait of a disorder that i’ve known i’ve had for years
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nsft-frogs · 3 days ago
As a Latine and someone diagnosed with OCD, I want to talk about Bruno and how he is presented in the film.
A lot of Latinos, specifically Colombians, have argued that Bruno can’t have OCD because he performs standard superstitious rituals like knocking on wood, crossing his fingers, etc.
It is important to note that superstition is incredibly common in Latino communities. I have family and friends who partake in superstitious rituals in overt ways without being diagnosed with OCD. I believe the heightened spirituality and expression in Latino communities compared to gringo communities in the US is why so many Latinos are defending his rituals and are pushing back against Bruno being seen as OCD since he is performing standard rituals within the community. This post is not to argue that these rituals aren’t common superstitions, nor that it’s wrong to interpret him as not having OCD. This is more to discuss why people interpret him as having OCD and to clarify some misconceptions about the relationship of OCD and superstitious rituals.
Let’s discuss how OCD works and then why it might apply to Bruno Madrigal.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a subset of other anxiety disorders. People with said disorder frequently have intrusive thoughts or urges that force them to perform a certain action to ease this anxiety (compulsions). These compulsions can literally be anything. It can be repeating a certain phrase, walking a certain way, or even self destructive. These actions are designed as a preventative measure to ease anxiety, but ironically they have the opposite effect by producing more anxiety if the action is performed and only produce temporary relief.
These actions might be things that lots of neurotypical people do (ex. sorting books by color). What matters for the diagnosis is that the person in question feels like they have to perform the action and feel immense distress when they don’t.
So, how does that compare to superstitions? Superstitions are rituals that people perform also to prevent bad things from happening. The difference here is context. When people perform superstitious rituals, they do not experience immense distress at not performing the action correctly or at all. For example: “I’m hoping it doesn’t rain on my wedding day. Knock on wood.” The person in question is specifically performing this action to prevent rain from occurring on their wedding day. They do not feel like they have to perform the ritual and do not experience extreme distress as a consequence for not performing the action.
For someone with OCD, the ritual is far more specific, repetitive, and includes a deep sense of dread when not performed. For example: “I just thought that I might have rain on my wedding day, so I must knock exactly three times and if I don’t do the pattern exactly right, I will have to re-perform this action until it is. I will also have to do this ritual every single time I think of rain on my wedding day because then I jinxed it by thinking about it.” The repetition, sense of dread, and how long the ritual is present all indicate that this is a compulsion rather than just warding off bad luck.
OCD and superstitious rituals are often extremely difficult to distinguish from one another which is why it is difficult to divorce them when interpreting text. In fact, the two are often tied together because they follow the same, “If I don’t do X, then Y will happen, so I must do X,” logic.
Let’s look at Bruno now. He has a few ritualized activities. He knocks on wood while saying, “Knock, knock, knock on wood,” ending with knocking on his head.
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[GIf Description: Bruno Madrigal is walking down a hallway. He begins by holding his breath and crossing his fingers. He releases his breath and begins knocking on wooden planks as he passes them ending with him knocking himself on the head.There is text at the bottom of the gif that says, “knock knock knock knock knock! knock on wood!” /end ID]
He avoids stepping on cracks while singing, “Sana, sana, colita de rana. Si no sana hoy sanara mañana.”
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[Image Description: A screenshot of page 62 of the official Encanto script. The script says, “Tio Bruno: ‘Sugar.’ (he tosses sugar on her)/ And keeps walking past rows of Hanging Aloe Plants, then does a hop skip and a jump over a series of cracks on the ground. / Tio Bruno (continued): ‘Sana sana, colita de rana.’ “/end ID]
He throws salt and sugar over his shoulders.
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[Gif Description: Bruno Madrigal is sitting in a rainforest clearing. He is closing his eyes and holding a pile of salt in his right hand. He flings the salt over his left shoulder and lights a match. There is text that says, “swoosh,” as he performs the ritual. /end ID]
He holds his breath and crosses his fingers when walking through entrances/exits or sometimes down hallways.
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[Gif Description: Bruno Madrigal is crossing his fingers and holding his breath as he walks down a hallway. /end ID]
All of these are pretty standard rituals for superstition and bringing on good luck. I’ve certainly known people who openly knock on wood and throw sugar over their left shoulder, particularly in Latino communities. However, what matters is how it is presented and whether it is compulsory. So, let’s look at how it is presented in the film. 
He performs these rituals at very specific times in the story. His knocking on wood and holding his breath are the most common so we’ll look at those first. He knocks on wood in three separate instances. The first and second instance is when he first meets Mirabel just before and after he enters the area of the house with the cracks he has patched. The third time is when he is entering the secret entrance into the walls of the house. As for holding his breath and crossing his fingers, he first performs it when entering the hallway with all of the cracks. The second time is when he is entering the portrait into the walls.
In the first instance of both rituals, he stops the conversation he is having with Mirabel to perform these rituals and then resumes acting as if nothing happened. The final instance is at the end of a conversation with Mirabel. Superstitious behaviors don’t tend to be disruptive or distracting. Usually people knock on wood after ending a sentence whereas Bruno performs this ritual while Mirabel is speaking to him, disrupting the flow of conversation. It is also important to note that Bruno is unique for performing them, further othering his character.
OCD, is usually single-minded. Individuals can avoid performing the ritual, but doing so causes immense distress. The obtrusiveness of the action indicates that it is more likely OCD than superstition.
Looking at how it is presented in the text, it appears that these rituals are supposed to be strange and unique to Bruno. Nobody else performs them and Mirabel is confused by them.
Let’s look at what this might mean thematically.
In the film, Bruno is clearly presented as awkward and socially anxious. We can easily interpret this as a consequence of him living in the walls for a decade with Mirabel asking, “How long have you been down here?”  when Bruno introduces her to Hernando and Jorge. While she doesn’t necessarily react the same way to his various rituals, these superstitious actions can be seen as a consequence of his isolation. He is clearly supposed to be considered the weird uncle, so incorporating heightened superstition plays into that role and adds to his stigmatization as being “Bad Luck Bruno.” Having OCD would make sense as an interpretation merely to add to his othering in the film and clear instability after being isolated for so long. What’s more, Bruno can be interpreted as the “Identified Patient” in the family with how he was treated like there was something wrong with him. This constant blame and othering from his family would likely push him to want to prevent further isolation because of his bad luck. Furthermore, it feeds into a common experience in Latino households to diminish the neurodivergence/ other disabilities of members in the household. It is not that uncommon for Latino households to ignore neurodivergence because “everyone is like that.”
Personally as someone with OCD and a Latine, I read Bruno as having OCD because he performs rituals to, what appears to be, a compulsory level. He may have reasons for these compulsions and common superstition might be part of it, but this is true for my own compulsions as well. I also have to avoid stepping on cracks. I learned about the superstition of stepping on a crack and thus had to perform precise rituals in order to avoid stepping on them. I experienced and continue to experience major distress because of this superstitious ritual. Yes, it is a common superstition, but it became a compulsion for me because the bad luck became an anxiety trigger.
Looking at how Bruno is presented, it’s entirely possible that this is what happened to him based on what we know. He is related to Bad Luck and ostracized for it. He performs common rituals to ward off bad luck. He is further ostracized for said strange behavior.
Now, there is evidence online for him being OCD outside of the text by the writers.
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[Image Description: A screenshot of page 61 of the Encanto script. The script says, “Tio Bruno: (tapping a wall, OCD) Knock, knock, knock. Knock on wood.” /end ID]
Clearly, he was intended to have OCD by the writers. Now, most people are not going to pull up the script to see that he is intended to have OCD explicitly by the text, but there is still evidence in the film to support it as I laid out above.
A lot of Latinos don’t want to acknowledge the possibility of him having OCD because it feels like normal aspects of our culture are being erased. The fact Bruno has OCD does not negate his latin culture, nor does it negate how superstition is tied to Latinos. Just because I relate to Bruno and his OCD doesn’t mean he’s no longer Latino and it doesn’t suddenly mean you and/or  your family have OCD. We’re all part of the same community and we’re all going to relate to certain characters in different ways. This is more just to state that superstitious rituals can be OCD rituals as well.
TL;DR: Bruno Madrigal was intended to be OCD by the text, but many Latinos are hesitant to agree because they feel it erases common Latino superstition. It is not uncommon for superstitions to become OCD compulsions and it is often difficult to distinguish the two in general which is why people interpret Bruno in different ways.
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justlgbtthings · 5 months ago
people who say "i'm a little ocd 🤪" because they straighten their pens are the same ones who demonize people who have violent or sexual intrusive thoughts and think its weird or stupid if you have to flip a switch 7 times before you sit down
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allthesepurplelights · a year ago
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me @ me
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theegosystem · 6 months ago
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Version with image description
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beautifuldarkmind · 11 months ago
I think I’m getting better and then everything gets bad again. 
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autism-fucking-rocks · 7 months ago
Some people just don't understand how validating a diagnosis can be. Like with my parents, they worried that getting a diagnosis would be "letting it define me," and that "there's no point in confirming what we already know." But having a professional sit down and tell you you're not faking or overreacting is so relieving. Of course, there are downsides and not everybody feels the need for one, but if someone wants a diagnosis, listen to them.
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nagichi-boop · 22 days ago
You know what’s cringe? No, not collecting plushies as an adult. No, not collecting merchandise from a show made for “children”.
What’s cringe is insisting that something that brings someone else joy is cringe. Would you tell someone who collects vinyls that they’re cringe? Probably not, because that’s seen as a acceptable collector hobby. Why doesn’t that apply to collecting plushies or figurines?
People have many different reasons for collecting things. Maybe they’re neurodivergent and the things they collect relate to their special interest. Maybe they have trauma and collecting “childish” things makes them feel safe. Maybe they are lonely, touch starved, anxious and they collect plushies to try and feel better. Or maybe they just simply like collecting it because it’s fun.
Either way, please stop calling peoples’ hobbies cringe. It may seem like a harmless thing but some people can be rly hurt by it.
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catgirlapologist · a month ago
no but we gotta talk about how the way y’all reduce “neurodivergent” to just mean autism and adhd erases and harms other neurodivergent groups. neurodivergency encompasses SO many different conditions like ocd, schizospec disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, etc), personality disorders, bipolar disorder, tourette’s, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and countless others. we all have a lot of experiences in common but all of these groups have their unique experiences as well. however, when neurodivergency and the oppression neurodivergent people face is discussed in online spaces, all of these other conditions barely get acknowledged. yes, our experiences aren’t all the same but we do have lots of things in common and it feels both frustrating and othering to see that get dismissed. when you say “neurodivergent” when you only mean autism and adhd you erase other nd groups from their own community by not taking their experiences into account. 
a lot of these conditions are already heavily demonized and othered, and seeing us be erased from our own community is hurtful. often we get treated as if the oppression we face based on our neurodivergency isn’t as severe as the oppression autistic people and people with adhd face based on their neurodivergency. the notion that the oppression we face is not as severe actively harms us because it dismisses our struggles and therefore enables our oppression.
please make sure to keep other neurodivergent conditions in mind when you talk about neurodivergency and don’t just reduce it to mean autism and adhd
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