Obsessed with Roundabouts

To someone with OCD, being obsessed is normal. The same as it’s difficult to explain what OCD feels like to someone without the condition, it’s just as hard to explain normal to someone with the condition.

So, to roundabouts. You approach a roundabout and clearly on the sign it shows the road you want as the third exit, right turn. You get into the right lane, proceed round while indicating onto the roundabout, then indicate left as you exit. Simple.

But then you hear a loud honk and a car has appeared next to you. The same car that was next to you entering the roundabout. They decided the left lane was needed for the right turn which included them indicating onto the roundabout. Which you should never need to do if a roundabout is taken correctly.

You may think, it’s a one off, they went in the wrong lane. But, it’s not. A roundabout near where I live has this problem all the time. This is one of my obsessions.

The reason people view as a straight over varies from, it looks like a straight over to, everybody goes in the other lane so I do it to. And my favourite, what does it matter.

What does it matter? I’ll just drive over the roundabout next time. Or better still, I’ll go to a restaurant and sit at a random table and eat the food they order, as what does it matter. You achieve the same thing. I was hungry, I’m not now.

This may seem extreme but OCD likes things in certain ways. If a sign shows do not enter, but you enter, my brain goes into the arhhhhh mode.

This mode cannot be controlled but can be hidden which is how I deal with it. Don’t get me wrong I say choice words on the roundabout, but that incident continues in the OCD head for hours or days or if you use the roundabout everyday, forever.

If you add a car that honks even though you were correct and they were clearly wrong, this creates another obsessive thought.

The roundabout is a great example of OCD in everyday life. A simple thing you put at the back of your mind or forget about is another persons compulsion or obsession. So be mindful of others. Admit mistakes and forgive us OCD sufferers when we can’t drop a subject.

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