The term OCD is used loosely these days to refer to people who are particularly attentive to detail or simply very neat. A person who likes cleanliness, proper arrangements and is picky about several likes and dislikes is automatically referred to- by a number of people- as an OCD sufferer. However, this is inaccurate as OCD isn’t just behaviorally indicative, it’s a mental illness.

What is OCD?

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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that deals with a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) which make an individual perform repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions impede daily activities, thereby leading to increased anxiety and distress.

In the 2004 biopic, The Aviator, millionaire Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) struggles with OCD. The story shows…

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