The National Institute of Health estimates that about 1.2% of the American population live with obsessive-compulsive disorder (or OCD). However, only a few people are aware of its existence or acknowledge the impact that it may have on their lives.
That’s why it may come as a surprise to hear that many A-listers have dealt with or are currently struggling with the disorder.
For people who are hearing about the disorder for the first time, OCD is a cycle of reoccurring obsessions and compulsions that interfere with your quality of life.
To find some form of relief from the anxiety that the obsessions and compulsions bring, people who suffer from this disorder need to repeat certain rituals such as locking doors or washing their hands repeatedly.
Without further ado, here is a quick overview of celebrities with OCD.
Jessica has several film credits to her name, including Sin City, Honey, Into the Blue, Fantastic Four, Good Luck Chuck, and Idle Hands among others. She is also believed to be one of the most beautiful women globally.
Despite her successful acting career and fabulous looks, it seems Jessica is afflicted by fixations that would rarely trouble somebody without OCD. Alba’s rituals include double-checking that all doors in her house are locked and unplugging every single appliance in her house.
International soccer star David Beckham is known for his perfectionism on the pitch. But it turns out that everything has to be just right at home as well. The star has previously admitted to keeping things in straight lines, organizing them by type or color, and pairing items.
According to his wife, Victoria, anything that’s out of order can easily cause conflict and must be attended to without delay.
The OCD of this Dead or No Deal host manifests itself in fear of germs. Mandel is always skeptical to shake hands with people due to fear of dirt and germs—he uses his trademark ‘fits bump’ to compensate.
The star even admitted in a past interview that he keeps his head shaved to ‘feel cleaner’. He also detailed his struggles with the condition in his 2009 book, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.
Although he is famed for his captivating tunes and unmatched charisma on the big screen, Timberlake often deals with a different kind of reality: OCD and ADD. The star is always obsessed with aligning things and has to have certain food items in his house at all times.
Despite his struggle with the conditions, the singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actor still loves to perform and has never been held back from excelling in his career.
The bombshell actress may get down and dirty in some of her movies but in real life, she prefers things around her to be super clean. Even normal things like using public restrooms or eating out at a restaurant are problematic to the star.
Like any other medical condition, having OCD is challenging for anybody who suffers from it. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t function normally and accomplish your day-to-day activities with the condition. The above list is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to celebrities who are struggling or have battled with the condition.
And since the disorder comes in different forms, there are chances that there are some of your favorite celebrities who are yet to even realize that they show signs of OCD.