The sports star who has met in the past Prince William to help create a “mental culture” in sport, talked about the most difficult year for his mental health. He revealed that looking back on his career, it was time for him to be fired during a World Cup a match against Argentina in 1998 that was the most difficult to handle. He shared: “’98 was by far the hardest. When I look back on it now, I didn’t realize how hard it was but I just remember the times when I encountered misfortune during my career.” In addition to having difficulty playing sports, Beckham has also shared his battle with OCD that affects many parts of his life.
In a retrospective interview, the current president and co-owner of Inter Miami FC admitted that he has become obsessed with counting cans of soda that he keeps in the fridge.
Speaking of his obsessions and compulsions, the 47-year-old said: “I have this disease where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs.
“I’ll put my Pepsi boxes in the fridge and if there are too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere. I’m going to a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. ”
Even his 23-year-old wife Victoria Beckham commented on her husband’s behavior. She added: “He has this obsessive-compulsive disorder where everything has to fit together. If you open our fridge, it’s all coordinated on both sides.
“We have three refrigerators – food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks, everything is symmetrical. If there are three cans, he will discard one because it must be an even number. ”
In fact, the extent of the star’s problem also extends to his habit of getting tattoos. With almost every inch of his body covered already, the athlete said it was his addiction to the pain of the needle that held him back.
“I have that problem,” he added before continuing to explain that he had already tried to remove the condition. “I’d like to. I’ve tried and I can’t stop.”
However, over the years, Beckham has been able to find his own ways to manage his OCD and any other possible dark moments of mental health. Back in 2018 he shared that his four children have had a huge positive impact on him, specifically one popular children’s toy that helps calm him down.
“It’s the little things that can have a big impact. How to get children to school or the park. It only takes one change, “he said.
“When the kids finish school, they may have different activities, such as football or rugby.
“But when they get home, we often play one of their favorite games, like Connect 4. They love LEGO too. Me too. The last big thing I did was Tower Bridge. It was amazing. I think LEGO sometimes helps calm me down. “
The NHS explains that OCD is a common mental health disorder that usually begins in early adulthood. A number of different factors may play a role in its onset including family history, differences in the brain, and life events.
For example, research suggests that some individuals with OCD appear to have areas of unusually high activity in their brain or low levels of a chemical known as serotonin. This seems to play a role in mood, emotions, appetite and digestion.
The term OCD is sometimes used interchangeably to describe someone who is classified as a perfectionist. FHE Health notes that being a perfectionist is not a clinically diagnosable condition, but both conditions are similar in many ways: they both cause anxiety when certain things are not done correctly, and both are rooted in a sense of need to be in. control.
Interestingly, one study focusing on college students found that 5.2 percent of students who are athletes could struggle with the condition.
In trying to explain these findings, it was concluded that a certain kind of person is needed to thrive in the competitive atmosphere of playing sports at the highest level. Those with the drive and motivation to succeed in sports often have stronger, more authoritative personalities.
General symptoms that may indicate that you or someone you know are experiencing OCD include:
- Obsessions – an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image, or urge that re-enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust, or anxiety.
- Coercion – a repetitive behavior or mental action that you feel you need to do to temporarily alleviate the unpleasant feelings caused by obsessive thinking.
However, contrary to Beckham’s claim, there are treatments and supportive therapies that work to help people manage their OCD symptoms. In fact, there are two main ways to get help, or refer you directly to a psychological therapy service or make an appointment to see a doctor.
Both of these ways can lead to individuals recommending psychological therapy, most commonly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Through regular sessions either as part of a group or on a one-to-one basis, individuals can notice a positive impact fairly quickly.
Alternatively, medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), work to alter the balance of chemicals in the brain and hopefully stop the tendency to perform coercion. Some people find that a combination of both of these methods works best.
For help and support for OCD, contact UK-based charity OCD-UK at 01332 588112.